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77. THE TESTIMONY TO JESUS IN THE EARLY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Eduard Schweizer 1. Roots of the Tradition a) When an Israelite was healed from a long lasting illness, he did not simply return to his work gladly to enjoy his new-found health. He offered his thank offering to God. If he did not live

In: Horizons in Biblical Theology
Author: Mark Grundeken

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This article challenges the common opinion that the Shepherd of Hermas gives evidence for the office of deacon in the early Christian communities in Rome (Vis. 3.5.1; Sim. 9.15.4; 9.26.2). It suggests that the mention of the διάκονοι within the context of Hermas’ call to µετάνοια as “admirable” respectively “despicable” believers makes it difficult to decide whether these examples are existing or imaginary figures. Moreover, it notes that the διάκονοι, unlike the presiding presbyters (Vis. 2.2.6-7; 2.4.2-3; 3.9.7), are not associated with the ἐκκλησία in Rome and not directly addressed. The article is meant to be a prelude to new enquiries into the development of offices in the early church.

In: Vigiliae Christianae

⇐ PreviousBrowse ⇑Next ⇒ Entry V.G.Rizzone, in C.Pescio (ed.), Agata santa. Storia, arte, devozione (Milan-Florence 2008) 173-189, collects the epigraphical evidence for the early Christian community of Katane. The earliest texts date to the 4th cent. A.D.; 79% are in Greek, against 61% of the non

In: Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum Online
In: Public Reading in Early Christianity
Origin, Development and Content of the Christian Gathering in the First to Third Centuries
Recent research has made a strong case for the view that Early Christian communities, sociologically considered, functioned as voluntary religious associations. This is similar to the practice of many other cultic associations in the Greco-Roman world of the first century CE. Building upon this new approach, along with a critical interpretation of all available sources, this book discusses the social and religio-historical background of the weekly gatherings of Christians and presents a fresh reconstruction of how the weekly gathering originated and developed in both form and content. The topics studied here include the origins of the observance of Sunday as the weekly Christian feast-day, the shape and meaning of the weekly gatherings of the Christian communities, and the rise of customs such as preaching, praying, singing, and the reading of texts in these meetings.
Author: John Vincent
Practice Interpretation takes the everyday social conditions of people as they are described in the Bible and looks at emerging issues that confront today’s interpreters in daily life. This volume in the Practice Interpretation series deals with the Farewell Discourses of Jesus in the Gospel of John. The key element and dynamic in the Johannine practice reflections in this volume is that John’s Gospel sometimes explicitly, often implicitly, sets forth a continuing Jesus-style practice by Jesus’ followers, in the gospel time, in the longer term behaviour of early Christian communities, and in contemporary Christian disciples and communities today. Each contributor indicates this at work in very different contexts and happenings. The contributors are: Leslie Francis, David Blatherwick, Sarah Pullin, David McLoughlin, Ian Wallis, Nirmal Fernando, John Vincent and Alan Saxby.
New Testament Essays in Honour of David R. Catchpole
This collection of essays by an international team of prominent New Testament scholars is in honour of David Catchpole, recently retired from his position as the Saint Luke's Foundation Professor of Theological Studies at the University of Exeter, UK.
The essays represent a range of approaches and topics, connected together by a focus on various kinds of christological claim, whether by the historical Jesus, in the Q tradition, John, Paul or the synoptics, and their connection with controversy and the construction of early Christian community.
The contributors are: Stephen Barton, Peder Borgen, Richard Burridge, Marinus de Jonge, James Dunn, Earle Ellis, Birger Gerhardsson, Michael Goulder, Morna Hooker, John Kloppenburg Verbin, Robert Morgan, John Painter, Ronald Piper, Peter Richardson, Christopher Rowland, Graham Stanton, N.T. Wright, and the editors.
Lectors, Manuscripts, and Sound in the Oral Delivery of John 1-4
In Public Reading in Early Christianity: Lectors, Manuscripts, and Sound in the Oral Delivery of John 1-4 Dan Nässelqvist investigates the oral delivery of New Testament writings in early Christian communities of the first two centuries C.E. He examines the role of lectors and public reading in the Greek and Roman world as well as in early Christianity. Nässelqvist introduces a method of sound analysis, which utilizes the correspondence between composition and delivery in ancient literary writings to retrieve information about oral delivery from the sound structures of the text being read aloud. Finally he applies the method of sound analysis to John 1–4 and presents the implications for our understanding of public reading and the Gospel of John.