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Life in its unfullness: Revisiting ἀναίδειαν (Lk 11:8) in the light of papyrological evidence

Ernest van Eck, Robert J. Van Niekerk
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 3 | a1647 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i3.1647 | © 2017 Ernest van Eck, Robert J. Van Niekerk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 May 2016 | Published: 06 October 2017

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Ernest van Eck, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Robert J. Van Niekerk, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is twofold. Firstly, the chapter presents a comprehensive study of the meaning of the term ἀναίδειαν in extant papyrological evidence. The conclusion reached is that the term, as is the case in early Jewish and patristic writings, the LXX, Graeco-Roman literature and in early Christian writings, always carries a negative and pejorative meaning. This meaning of the term is then used to interpret the occurrence of ἀναίδειαν in the parable of the Friend at Midnight. Secondly, as part of a publication that celebrates the centenary of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria, a few remarks are made with regard to the Faculty of Theology’s Faculty Research Theme (Oikodome – Life in its fullness) and the attitude of ἀναίδειαν as depicted in the parable.

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shamelessness; parable of the Friend at Midnight; historical Jesus; parables

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