Between Poverty and the Pyre: Moments in the History of by Jan Bremmer, Lourens Van Den Bosch

By Jan Bremmer, Lourens Van Den Bosch

Between Poverty and the Pyre examines the historical past of the adventure of widowhood throughout assorted cultures. It brings jointly a set of essays by means of historians, anthropologists and philologists. The e-book indicates how tricky it really is to outline the 'typical' widow, because the reports of those ladies have differed so largely, no longer just because in their diverse time classes and destinations, but in addition becuase in their various criminal and non secular prestige and monetary stipulations. The research is diversified with matters starting from: *Hindu other halves who their husbands to the pyre *widows who have been burned as witches *and widows who needed to develop into prostitutes to stick alive. The e-book additionally explores Jesus's curiosity in widows and the event of a few famous widows, corresponding to Mohammed's first spouse.

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23 Among these wealthy women there were several widows, and their number was sufficient for ‘Paul’ to dedicate a long passage to their position (1 Tim. 5): 3 The church should take loving care of women whose husbands have died if they don’t have anyone else to help them. 4 But if they have children or grandchildren, these are the ones who should take the responsibility, for kindness should begin at home, supporting needy parents. This is something that pleases God very much. 5 The church should care for widows who are poor and alone in the world if they are 35 JAN N.

BREMMER looking to God for his help, and spending much time in prayer; 6 but not if they are spending their time running around gossiping, seeking only pleasure and thus ruining their souls. 7 This should be your church rule so that the Christians will know and do what is right. 8 But anyone who doesn’t provide for his own relatives when they need help, especially those living in his own family, has no right to say he is a Christian. Such a person is worse than the heathen. 9 A widow who wants to become enrolled as a widow should be at least sixty years old and have been married only once.

14 This judgment is based on a paragraph in 22 THE WIDOW IN ANCIENT ISRAEL a collection of Middle Assyrian laws. 18 The wise woman from Tekoa can serve as an illustration: she refers to herself as an ’almanâ notwithstanding the fact that she allegedly had two adult sons who could support her (2 Sam. 14:4–7). 19 In fact, much the same is true of the Akkadian term almattu. 20 Lack of financial means, then, does not belong to the definition of the widow. Yet it is so closely associated with her that it was apparently felt to be a redundancy to speak of the ‘poor widow’.

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