This thesis has three tasks. The first task is to combine the
linear and cross -sectional approaches to the study of the haustafeln in order to clarify which elements of the tradition are either Greek or Jewish. Chapter II uses the cross -sectional approach
to describe the haustafeln tradition according to its form, instructions and motives, by comparing the various haustafeln texts.
This description is a basis for a comparative study between the
haustafeln tradition and Greek and Jewish precedents in chapters
III and IV. Chapter III analyzes and compares the popular household codes of Stoicism to the haustafeln according to the three
point analysis. Chapter IV does the same with Hellenistic Jewish
household codes. Haustafeln studies have tended to concentrate on
the haustafeln origins in Greek and Hellenistic Jewish writings because there are no haustafeln -like ethical codes in Palestinian
Judaism, as there are in Greek and Hellenistic Jewish writings.
Chapter V explores the background of Palestinian Judaism by comparing the instructional and motivational themes of the haustafeln
tradition to parallel themes in Palestinian Judaism. The haustafeln tradition did not originate from one easily -located source,
but a wide range of Hellenistic and Palestinian Jewish sources. The combination of the cross -sectional and linear approaches helps
locate the sources from which the haustafein form, instructions and
motives were borrowed or developed, and clarifies which elements
of the haustafein tradition are Greek and which are Jewish. The second task of this thesis is to discuss the meaning of the submissive
ethic in the haustafein: Chapter VI, "The Meaning of Submission in
the Haustafeln". Chapter VII, "Conclusions ", summarizes the conclusions of chapters II to VI and evaluates these conclusions in regard to the two first tasks of this thesis. The third task of this
thesis is to give a contemporary interpretation of the haustafein
submissive ethic, which is taken up by Chapter VIII, "An Interpretation of the Submissive Ethic for Today ". This chapter takes the
conclusions of Chapter VI, what the submissive ethic meant in the
haustafein, as a basis for understanding what submission may mean
to the church today. As an epilogue to the main body of the work,
this interpretive chapter comes after the conclusions.