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If Sons, Then HeirsA Study of Kinship and Ethnicity in the Letters of Paul$
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Caroline Johnson Hodge

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182163.001.0001

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 Patrilineal Descent and the Construction of Identities

 Patrilineal Descent and the Construction of Identities

(p.19) 1 Patrilineal Descent and the Construction of Identities
If Sons, Then Heirs

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This chapter first elaborates a theory of how kinship and ethnicity are both considered “natural” categories yet are also treated as mutable. It describes the ideology of patrilineal descent and identifies certain normative assumptions (such as “you are your ancestors”), which accompany this ideology and which invest it with authority. Religious ritual is important because it both ratifies and creates kin relationships: members of patrilineal cultures regulate, sanction, and adjust descent patterns with religious ritual, specifically sacrifice. The chapter presents a series of case studies where kinship and ethnicity are used as strategic practices of persuasion. This survey illustrates a variety of discourses available to 1st-century thinkers such as Paul, and thus lays the groundwork for the subsequent chapters on Paul's use of kinship and ethnicity, where we find similar persuasive practices.

Keywords:   theory, normative assumptions, religious ritual, sacrifice, discourses, natural, mutable

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