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Author: Bart Koet

Abstract

While in the early Church of the first centuries there are several texts where a two-fold ministry seems to be the case, it is the martyr Ignatius of Antioch who is adduced as providing the first instance of the three-fold structure of ministry. In this article it is argued that the epistles of Ignatius witness to the two-fold model—also found in the New Testament, Hermas, 1 Clement and the Didache—rather than to the three-fold ministry of later tradition. Some attention is also paid to the Pauline background of Ignatius’ speaking about ministry and to the specific tasks of deacons.


In: Sanctifying Texts, Transforming Rituals
Author: Bart Koet
In recent and contemporary scholarship, the deacon as a leader in the Early Church is an often-neglected subject. This book focuses on the roles and functions of the deacon in Augustine’s literary output. The author’s approach is detailed and appropriately cautious and is always attentive to the text. He analyses Augustine’s way of commenting on deacons and how the bishop of Hippo wrote about them, as well as his manner of preaching on saints and martyrs who were deacons. The book thus provides a new perspective on the early deacons who were not social workers, but go-betweens or intermediaries between the bishop and his flock, between the Scriptures and daily life, and between Church and society. He emphasises in particular how deacons were epistle bearers responsible for the world wide web of Early Christianity.
In: Sanctity of Time and Space in Tradition and Modernity
In: The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons
In: The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons
In: The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons
In: The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons
In: The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons
In: The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons
In: The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons