Where blood kinship did not exist, the expectation of obligations that replicated those of kinship often helped to form other relationships.
(40) For the sixteenth century, Alison Cathcart has recently shown how these obligations helped shape the east highland clan of the Grants of Freuchy, and the more hybrid clan Chattan, where obligations of "fictive" kinship, alongside those of lordship, secured the cohesion of a clan in which blood kinship was not present.
Alison Cathcart also examines blood kinship
but suggests that over time its significance lessened as clans looked further afield to extend their ties of influence.
Paul is saying that the children of the Jerusalem that is from above can produce more children than the earthly Jerusalem marked by blood kinship. The women who are not in birth pains (who give birth metaphorically to children of Abraham by faith) can have many more children than the women who give physical birth (the Judeans who count descendency from Abraham in terms of blood relationship).
So it was natural to refer to the nation of Israel, for example, as a family--as the household of God and the children of Abraham, along with many other phrases that conveyed blood kinship among those of Israel.
Are not related by blood kinship
closer than would bar marriage in Oregon and are mentally competent to consent to contract.
The covenant that unites the tribes into the people Israel and that defines a sacral bond with Yahweh is an extension of the language of blood kinship
. Hence we understand the importance of the symbolism of blood in unifying the tribal segments into one people (the paradigmatic "blood of the covenant" of Exodus 24:3-8) and its significance in Israelite ritual generally (in food laws, sacrifice, healing, and rites of passage).
Farah's whole work could be described as an effort to dismantle narratives about the nation, blood kinship
, and the patriarchal family that so often lead to murder, and to put in their place stories about voluntary, tender, communal, body-based affections that help humans to nurture each other.
The authors begin with a definition of family that tries to steer a course between the "romantic, cynical, and confused." Letting go of the idea that families have a defining essence, the authors instead refer to a wide array of characteristics, including emotional, economic, and sexual intimacy; vows of fidelity and commitment; and relationships of blood kinship
. Expanding on earlier work, the authors eloquently describe why families matter.
More fascinating still is the quotation "the same people living in the same place." Linked as it was by Eliot to the words "blood kinship
," the expression can be made to seem redolent of race theory and eugenics.
In conventional wisdom, the family refers to those to whom we are related by blood kinship
. These are the ones we owe unconditional loyalty.
Most of our family members were direct descendants of these pioneers, mostly from England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the intermarriages and blood kinships
in the neighboring towns were extensive and intricate.