The Ancient Church As Family

The Ancient Church As Family

by Joseph H. Hellerman
     
 

The author explores the literature of the first three centuries of the church in terms of group identity and formation as surrogate kinship. Why did this become the organizing model in the earliest churches? How did historical developments intervene to shift the paradigm? How do ancient Mediterranean kinship structures correlate with church formation? Hellerman traces… See more details below

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The author explores the literature of the first three centuries of the church in terms of group identity and formation as surrogate kinship. Why did this become the organizing model in the earliest churches? How did historical developments intervene to shift the paradigm? How do ancient Mediterranean kinship structures correlate with church formation? Hellerman traces the fascinating story of these developments over three centuries and what brought them about. His focus is the New Testament documents (especially Paul's letters), second-century authors, and concluding with Cyprian in the third century. Kinship terminology in these writings, behaviors of group solidarity, and the symbolic power of kinship language in these groups are examined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800632489
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,443,386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1Christianity in Its Social Environment1
2Mediterranean Family Systems: Structure and Relationships27
3Origins of the Surrogate Kin Group Idea59
4The Communities of Paul of Tarsus92
5Second-Century Christian Writers127
6North African Christianity168
7Summary and Evaluation213
Abbreviations226
Notes231
Bibliography271
Index of Ancient Sources285

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