ISBN : 9780190275068
Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity challenges readers to re-think common perceptions about how enslaved persons participated in first- and second-century CE Christian communities. Using archaeology and ancient literature, the book destabilizes structures of domination and reimagines early Christian communities through the ambiguities of power.
Chapter 1: Power in Perspectives: Interpreting Enslaved Presence in Archaeological Materials
Chapter 2: Power Plays: Roman Policies, Public Slaves, and Social Status
Chapter 3: Voices of Power: Onesimos, Paul, and the Ambiguity of the Enslaved in Christ
Chapter 4: Shifting Power: Ambiguous Status, Visual Rhetoric, and the Enslaved in Imperial Sacrificial Practices
Chapter 5: Power in the Ekklesia: Contesting Enslaved Leadership in 1 Timothy and Ignatius