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The First Letter of Clement

Runar M. Thorsteinsson

in Roman Christianity and Roman Stoicism

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578641
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722868 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578641.003.0009
The First Letter of Clement

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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

Chapter.  9286 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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