The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul / Edition 2

The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul / Edition 2

by Wayne A. Meeks
     
 

This study draws on the letters of Paul, his associates and disciples, to elucidate the world of the early Christians.See more details below

Overview

This study draws on the letters of Paul, his associates and disciples, to elucidate the world of the early Christians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300098617
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
733,609
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
Introduction1
1The Urban Environment of Pauline Christianity9
Paul and the City9
From Village to City10
From Polis to Empire11
The People of the City13
City versus Country14
Cosmopolis15
Mobility16
Women in the Greco-Roman City23
Connections25
Urban Judaism and Pauline Christianity32
The Cities of Pauline Christianity40
2The Social Level of Pauline Christians51
"Proletarians" or "Middle Class"?51
Measuring Social Stratification53
Prosopographic Evidence55
Indirect Evidence63
Mixed Strata, Ambiguous Status72
3The Formation of the Ekklesia74
Models from the Environment75
The Fellowship and Its Boundaries84
A Worldwide People107
4Governance111
Dealing with Conflict111
Inferences131
5Ritual140
Minor Rituals142
Baptism: Ritual of Initiation150
The Lord's Supper: Ritual of Solidarity157
Unknown and Controverted Rituals162
6Patterns of Belief and Patterns of Life164
One God, One Lord, One Body165
Apocalyptic and the Management of Innovation171
The Crucified Messiah180
Evil and Its Reversal183
Correlations190
List of Abbreviations193
Notes197
Bibliography of Secondary Works Cited243
Supplementary Bibliography279
Index of Biblical References283
Index of Modern Authors291
Subject Index297

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