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Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire: Ideology, the Bible, and the Early Christians

David Wheeler-Reed


Engaging with Foucault’s ideas on sexuality, this book demonstrates how conservative organizations and the Supreme Court have misunderstood Christian beliefs on marriage and the family. It challenges the long-held assumption that American values are based on “Judeo-Christian” norms, by comparing ancient Christian discourses on marriage and sexuality with contemporary ones, maintaining that modern family values owe more to Roman Imperial beliefs than to the Bible. Ultimately, this book undermines the conservative ideology of the family, starting from the position that early Christianity, in its ... More

Keywords: Foucault, New Testament, Augustus, ideology, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300227727
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300227727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wheeler-Reed, author
Yale Divinity School