The Ancient Church As Family

The Ancient Church As Family

by Joseph H. Hellerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800632486

ISBN-13: 9780800632489

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

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

Overview

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
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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