By Raymond F. Collins

What gentle does the hot testomony shed at the perform of celibacy for the sake of the dominion? In his latest paintings, popular Scripture pupil Raymond F. Collins turns his cognizance to the query, which in fact has vital implications for the church in our personal day. although the answer's no longer an easy one, and it doesn't inevitably translate instantly into transparent modern ecclesial coverage, it nonetheless serves as a massive beginning for dialogue. Collins supplies cautious attention of the technique for use in impending the query and to big points of the sociocultural context of first-century Palestine during which the recent testomony took shape. He then explores what Jesus acknowledged to the disciples, a number of disciples' personal prestige as married males, and Paul's instructing and private instance on marriage. Raymond Collins has served the church via his considerate and scholarly exegetical paintings for many years. This newest paintings of his will lengthy depend between his...

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The Apostle Paul 5. The Apostle’s Advice 6. Early Church Legislation 7. Married Only Once Conclusion Bibliography Preface Each of the books that I have written during the past three decades has its own history and its own story. In many ways the story of this book began more than a half century ago when I was ordained a subdeacon in the Roman Catholic Church for the service of the diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. I made the requisite promises—namely, that I pray the daily office and commit myself to a life of celibacy.

Augustine and Ambrose cite the introductory words but other patristic authors typically omit Paul’s reference to the impending eschaton in their use of the verse. The Fathers generally use the scriptural texts in proof text fashion. Paul’s reference to a specific historico-theological context, indicated by the words, “the appointed time has grown short,” is conveniently omitted from the use of the verse in the discussion on clerical celibacy. If it can be said that the medieval glossators on canonical texts did not have the necessary critical approach for the study of the sources and the texts,119 a fortiori ought it to be said that the glossators and the authors of the patristic and canonical texts cited in the study of the history of the discipline of clerical celibacy/continence did not possess a critical approach to the scriptural texts that they cite.

Babylonian Talmud BAGD Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, edited by W. Bauer, W. F. Arndt, F. W. Gingrich, and F. W. Danker. BCNH Bibliothèque Copte de Nag Hammadi. Section “Études” BDF A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, edited by F. Blass, A. Debrunner, and Robert W. Funk. Chicago-London: University of Chicago Press, 1961. BETL Bibliotheca ephemeridum theologicarum lovaniensium Bib Biblica BNTC Black’s New Testament Commentaries BSac Bibliotheca sacra BTB Biblical Theology Bulletin CBET Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology CBQ Catholic Biblical Quarterly CC Corpus Christianorum.

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