The marriage arrangements in the Jerusalem Temple cult in opposition
to Christian values:
Equal access for everyone to God's grace in an unmediated way is a
central aspect of Jesus' presentation of the Kingdom of God. Inclusivity
and egalitarity should be regarded as essential aspects of Christian
selfunderstanding. This article aims to show how these values stood in
opposition to the marriage arrangements in the Jerusalem Temple cult.
Marriage strategies during the patriarchal and monarchical periods prior
to the first-century Jerusalem Temple cult are also briefly touched upon. In
a following up article the author will argue that Paul's use of the notion
"adopted as children of God" should be seen as an expression of the
Christian values advocated within an inclusive and egalitarian community.
Continued 2001 as 'Verbum et Ecclesia'
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