By Gerard Mannion
The nature and tale of the Christian church is immensely very important to theology scholars and students alike. Written through a global crew of unusual students, this complete publication introduces scholars to the elemental old, systematic, ethical and ecclesiological features of the research of the church, in addition to serving as a source for students undertaking ecclesiological debates on a wide selection of matters. It divides into six parts:
- the church in its historic context
- the assorted denominational traditions
- global views
- methods and debates in ecclesiology
- key strategies and issues
- ecclesiology and different disciplines: social sciences, philosophy, literature and film.
Authoritative, obtainable and simply navigable, this publication is quintessential for everybody attracted to the character and background of the Christian Church.
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3. 31 Burtchaell, From Synagogue to Church, p. 274. 32 See for example M. Casey, From Jewish Prophet to Gentile God, Cambridge: Clarke, 1991; B. Mack, The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins, New York: HarperCollins, 1993; G. Vermes, The Religion of Jesus the Jew, London: SCM, 1993. 33 M. Hengel, ‘The Origins of Christian Mission’, in Between Jesus and Paul: Studies in the Earliest History of Christianity, ed. M. Hengel, London: SCM, 1983, p. 62. 34 R. Haight, Christian Community in History, 2 vols, vol.
If we are seeking an internal title for the early Christians then we need look no further. The sense of community among the earliest Christians was so great that they addressed each other using familial terms. 32). However, this was a common form of address among communities in the first century: Josephus asserts that it was used by the Essene community (Jewish War 2:122) and Plato uses it for his compatriots (Menexenus 239a). The widespread use of the terms tells us of the close bonds of the early 12 I N S E A R C H O F T H E E A R LY ‘ C H U R C H ’ Christian communities but does not differentiate them in any way from other communities of the period.
In fact recent research suggests that even in the second century there is evidence of interdependency between Judaism and Christianity. 65 As with the word ‘church’ they point to a reality that came into existence well after our period. Here, as with many other themes that we have explored, the answer varies from community to community, but our evidence remains so scant that it is very difficult to produce a reliable reconstruction of how it happened. Christian self-definition does not seem to have been achieved in many Christian communities in the first century CE.
Companion to the Christian Church by Gerard Mannion