By Raymond F. Collins

What mild does the recent testomony shed at the perform of celibacy for the sake of the dominion? In his latest paintings, well known Scripture pupil Raymond F. Collins turns his realization to the query, which in fact has very important implications for the church in our personal day. notwithstanding the answer's no longer an easy one, and it doesn't unavoidably translate immediately into transparent modern ecclesial coverage, it nonetheless serves as an enormous starting place for dialogue. Collins supplies cautious attention of the technique for use in impending the query and to special elements of the sociocultural context of first-century Palestine during which the recent testomony took shape. He then explores what Jesus acknowledged to the disciples, numerous 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 count number between his...

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As dean, he formulated a three-year, three-faith conference on marriage and the family. The three faiths were Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam. The first year of the conference was devoted to the horizontal axis of the family, the relationship between husband and wife. The second year was devoted to the vertical dimension of the family, the relationships between parents and children, children and parents. The third year was devoted to the entire gestalt, the family circle. Each year included nine presentations, three each by scholars from the respective faith traditions.

Milligan. N-A28 Novum Testamentum Graece. 28th rev. ed. Edited by Barbara and Kurt Aland et al. Münster: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012.  S. New Series NAB New American Bible NCB New Century Bible NEB New English Bible New Docs New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity. R. Horsley and S. Llewelyn. North Port, NSW: Macquarie University, 1981—. NICNT New International Commentary on the New Testament NIDB New Interpreters’ Dictionary of the Bible. 5 vols. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006–9. NIGTC New International Greek Testament Commentary NovT Novum testamentum NovTSup Novum Testamentum Supplements NTL New Testament Library NTS New Testament Studies NTTS New Testament Tools and Studies NPNF Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.

Let me begin with a word of thanks to Dr. Susan Harvey, then chair of the department of religious studies at Brown University, who not only promoted my appointment as a visiting scholar in the department but also introduced me to Dr. David Hunter, holder of the Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Kentucky, who has done no inconsiderable amount of study on the discipline of clerical continence, albeit at a later period of time than is the focus of my exegetical study. I am indebted to the staff of Brown’s Rockefeller Library, particularly the staff of its interlibrary loan service who procured several items for me, even from abroad.

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