Biblical Social Values and Their Meaning: A Handbook by John J. Pilch

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Peter, Paul, and other evangelists employ this freedom in the way they give public witness to the good news, thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:29; 4:13, 29, 31; 9:27-28; 13:46; 14:3; 18:26; 19:8; 26:26; 28:31). The Pauline corpus also employs assertiveness to describe the apostle's style of witness (2 Cor 3:12; 7:4; Eph 3:12; 6:19; Phil1:20; 1 Thess 2:2; Phlm 8). Jesus displayed this freedom in his triumph over the principalities and powers at his resurrection (Col 2:15). The letter to the Hebrews reminds the recipients that they too have this freedom and urges them not to lose it (Heb 3:6; 4:16; 10:19, 35).

S. and Mediterranean societies. Familiarity with this chart will shed great light on the handbook entries. S. Society Mediterranean Society Privacy There is an unwillingness to enter the private lives of others or to have others enter one's own private life. There is an unwillingness to leave alone the lives of others or to have others leave alone one's own life. Communities People have to freely join communities; they tend to have broad, shallow relationships rather than deep, long-term ones. Americans avoid obligations and indebtedness to others.

The classic biblical example of such a person, of course, is Job. The cultural question is not why Job suffers, but how, the style in which he endures. The ability to endure harsh pain without uttering a sound is considered quite admirable. For example, take the heroic person described in the songs of Isaiah: "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth" (Isa 53:7, ).

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