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Seksuele reinheid voor die huwelik in Korinte in die eerste eeu nC

P. H. Botha, F. J. van Rensburg
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 23, No 1 | a1199 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v23i1.1199 | © 2002 P. H. Botha, F. J. van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 August 2002 | Published: 06 September 2002

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P. H. Botha, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, PU vir CHO, South Africa
F. J. van Rensburg, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, PU vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

Sexual purity before marriage in Corinth in the first century BC
A socio-historical overview on the ethical codes within Judaism, Hellenism, and early Christianity shows that very definite codes were in place. Sexual purity within Judaism was based on two aspects, namely a property code and an ethical code. Early Christianity inherited its sexual ethics from Judaism and has reinterpreted it in the light of the Gospel. The moral status of Corinth was to a great extent the outcome of its religious and social history. The Christian community existed within these circumstances, but experienced problems in coping with the moral situation of its time. The Jewish, Graeco-Roman and Christian communities existed alongside each other in the city of Corinth and each of these groups had a code of conduct for sexual purity. It would seem that the different ethical codes for sexual purity had much in common. Virginity was a prerequisite, especially for unmarried females.

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