People of Bread: Rediscovering Ecclesiology

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Wolfgang Vondey contends that the story of the church is a story of "the people of bread." The image of bread is one of the richest and, at the same time, one of the most neglected biblical images that speak to an ecumenical understanding of the church. Drawing from scripture, from writers of the early church, and from cutting-edge debates in contemporary scholarship, Vondey unfolds the social, moral, missiological, ecumenical, and eschatological dimensions of the church, based on the story of bread that far ...
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Overview

Wolfgang Vondey contends that the story of the church is a story of "the people of bread." The image of bread is one of the richest and, at the same time, one of the most neglected biblical images that speak to an ecumenical understanding of the church. Drawing from scripture, from writers of the early church, and from cutting-edge debates in contemporary scholarship, Vondey unfolds the social, moral, missiological, ecumenical, and eschatological dimensions of the church, based on the story of bread that far exceeds a eucharistic interpretation. People of Bread speaks to a growing interest in an understanding of the church by addressing the widespread revival of the theological imagination.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809145591
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface vii Acknowledgments xi Introduction: The Story of Bread in the Church 1 Bread and the People of God 4 Rediscovering Ecclesiology 7
1 A New Image for the Church: Reviving the Theological Imagination 13 The Function of Theological Images 13 Principles for the Use of Biblical Images 27
2 Companionship: The Social Nature of the People of God 36 Fellowship of Bread 37 Fellowship with God 44 Companionship 60
3 Fullness of Bread: The Moral Character of the People of God 70 The Challenge of Bread 71 Sharing Bread with Strangers 82 Hospitality 97
4 Bread of Life: The Mission of the Church 105 Not by Bread Alone 106 Daily Bread 112 Bread of Sonship 117 Bread and Mission 126
5 Broken Bread: The Sacramental Nature of the Church 141 Broken Bread at the Last Supper 143 Breaking Bread at the First Supper 160 Breaking Bread in the Church 173
6 One Bread: The Visible Unity of the Churches 195 Ecumentical Unity: Companionship from House to House 196 Eucharistic Hospitality: Discerning the Lord's Body 212 One Bread: Toward Universal Companionship 226
7 Bread of the Kingdom: The Eschatological Vision of the Church 243 Companionship with Creation 246 Companionship in Eternity 261 Companionship in the Kingdom of God 277 Conclusion: The Church as the People of Bread 290 Houses of Bread 291 Bread in the Churches 295 Toward an Ecumenical Ecclesiology of Bread 300 Notes 305 Selected Bibliography 367 Indexes Scripture References 403 Names 412 Subjects 414
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    A New Look at the Church

    This book opens your eyes to the church in a new way. Vondey tells the story of the church by following the story of bread through the entire scriptures. I had learned about the church as the 'people of God' and the 'body of Christ' or the 'temple of the Holy Spirit.' But this book connects the dots with the image 'people of bread' and argues that companionship and hospitality are the hallmarks of the Christian life. I was intrigued by the back cover description that the book 'far exceeds a eucharistic interpretation.' And that is correct! If the Lord's Supper is all you ever thought about when you hear the word 'bread' you are in for a surprise. Vondey is able to show the social, moral, missiological, ecumenical, and eschatological dimensions of the church in a way not visible in the other images. You will be challenged in the way you see the church, and the Lord's Supper may have to be revisioned in a new way. The book is tightly argued and deals with arguments from scripture, the early church, and modern scholarship. It is a must-have for any ecclesiology class and fundamental reading for any discussion on the church, Christian unity, mission, and the Lord's Supper. The scripture index alone is amazing. This was an inspiring read.

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