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

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This study draws on the letters of Paul, his associates and disciples, to elucidate the world of the early Christians. In this second edition, which includes a new preface, Meeks presents a social history of the early Christian movement discussing such subjects as the urban community, city versus country, women, social stratification, the relationship between Judaism and early Christianity, government, religious ritual and belief systems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300098617
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,209,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
1 The Urban Environment of Pauline Christianity 9
Paul and the City 9
From Village to City 10
From Polis to Empire 11
The People of the City 13
City versus Country 14
Cosmopolis 15
Mobility 16
Women in the Greco-Roman City 23
Connections 25
Urban Judaism and Pauline Christianity 32
The Cities of Pauline Christianity 40
2 The Social Level of Pauline Christians 51
"Proletarians" or "Middle Class"? 51
Measuring Social Stratification 53
Prosopographic Evidence 55
Indirect Evidence 63
Mixed Strata, Ambiguous Status 72
3 The Formation of the Ekklesia 74
Models from the Environment 75
The Fellowship and Its Boundaries 84
A Worldwide People 107
4 Governance 111
Dealing with Conflict 111
Inferences 131
5 Ritual 140
Minor Rituals 142
Baptism: Ritual of Initiation 150
The Lord's Supper: Ritual of Solidarity 157
Unknown and Controverted Rituals 162
6 Patterns of Belief and Patterns of Life 164
One God, One Lord, One Body 165
Apocalyptic and the Management of Innovation 171
The Crucified Messiah 180
Evil and Its Reversal 183
Correlations 190
List of Abbreviations 193
Notes 197
Bibliography of Secondary Works Cited 243
Supplementary Bibliography 279
Index of Biblical References 283
Index of Modern Authors 291
Subject Index 297
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