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Roman Christianity and Roman StoicismA Comparative Study of Ancient Morality$
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Runar M. Thorsteinsson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578641.001.0001

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The First Letter of Clement

The First Letter of Clement

(p.117) 8 The First Letter of Clement
Roman Christianity and Roman Stoicism

Runar M. Thorsteinsson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the First Letter of Clement (ca. 95 CE). Like Romans and 1 Peter, 1 Clement emphasises the virtue of love, albeit in a more indirect manner. The moral teaching of 1 Clement speaks primarily in favour of unity, mutual love, and social obligation within the Christian communities. By underlining the reciprocal relationship between rich and poor, the author advocates a social model which largely mirrors the traditional Roman system of patronage. The author also urges total submission to the Roman authorities. An assessment of the relationship between 1 Clement and Romans suggests that the author of 1 Clement directly applies Paul's moral teaching in Romans.

Keywords:   1 Clement, unity, love, social obligation, patronage, submission, Paul, Romans

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