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The Church in Antioch in the First Century CE : Communion and Conflict - Slee Michelle

The Church in Antioch in the First Century CE

Communion and Conflict

Paperback Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9780567083821
Number Of Pages: 214

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The book explores the problems faced by the church in Antioch in the mid-1st century CE once the decision was taken to welcome Gentiles into the church. Slee argues that a particular problem was the celebration of the Eucharist, since some Jewish Christians felt that the table-fellowship this involved inevitably brought the risk of contamination (because of gentile contact with idolatry). I suggest this was the subject debated at the Jerusalem conference described in Acts 15 and Galatians 2, and it was the eventual decision of the Antioch church to hold separate eucharists that led to Paul's break with the church (Gal 2.11-14). The Didache and the Gospel of Matthew, Slee concludes, were both composed after the events described in Gal 2.11-14 and both in their own way address the question of Jewish-Gentile table-fellowship. For the Didachist, Jews and Gentiles can attend the same eucharist if the Gentile has previously agreed to abstain from all idolatry. For Matthew all gentiles must first convert to Judaism. Thus even at the end of the first century CE the Antioch church was still divided on the issue.

Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Aims and Objectivesp. 1
The Importance of the City of Antioch in the History of the Churchp. 1
History of Researchp. 3
A Consideration of Terms Used in the Studyp. 7
Outline of the Studyp. 10
Gentiles in the Early Church and the Conflict in Antioch: The Evidence from Acts and Galatians
The Conflict Between the Hellenists and the Hebrews in Jerusalemp. 12
Introductionp. 12
The Source of the Conflictp. 12
Jewish and Gentile Tablefellowshipp. 17
Summaryp. 23
An Examination of the Jewish-Gentile Church in Antiochp. 24
Introductionp. 24
An Examination of the Possibility of Gentile Salvation according to First Century CE Judaismp. 25
Summaryp. 35
The Jerusalem Conference and the Incident in Antiochp. 36
Introductionp. 36
The Decision of the Jerusalem Conferencep. 36
The Incident in Antioch: Galatians 2.11-14p. 42
Excursus: Luke's Use of the Decree and Letter in Acts 15p. 50
Summaryp. 51
The Didache
An Examination of the Place of Composition and Date of the Didachep. 54
Introductionp. 54
Place of Compositionp. 55
The Date of the Didachep. 57
Summaryp. 76
An Examination of Didache 1-10 in Light of the Situation in Antiochp. 77
Introductionp. 77
An Examination of the Two Ways Tradition in Didache 1-6p. 77
The Purpose of the Two Ways Traditionp. 78
The Didachist's Redactions of the Two Ways Tradition: A Consideration of 1.3b-2.1p. 81
The Didachist's Redactions of the Two Ways Teaching: A Consideration of 6.3p. 83
An Examination of the Prohibition on Idol Food (Didache 6.3)p. 87
Didache 6.2-3: A Witness to the Pre-Lukan Source Used in Acts 15?p. 87
Didache 1-6 as Pre-Baptismal Catechetical Instructionp. 90
Chapter 8: The Polemic against the Hypocrites in Light of the Didachist's Concern with Gentiles in his Churchp. 91
The Meal Prayers of Didache 9-10p. 94
The Didachist's Redaction of the Eucharist Prayers of his Church in Light of the Gentile Situation in Antiochp. 98
Summaryp. 100
An Examination of Didache 11-16p. 101
Introductionp. 101
The Local Leaders of the Didachist's Church: An Examination of 15.1-2p. 101
An Examination of the Household Structure and Role of the Patron in the Early Churchp. 102
The Leadership Crisis in the Didachist's Churchp. 106
The Identity of the Opponents in Chapter 11p. 109
Summaryp. 115
The Gospel of Matthew
The Place of Composition and the Date of the Gospelp. 118
Introductionp. 118
The Location of the Gospel of Matthewp. 118
The Date of the Gospel of Matthewp. 122
Summaryp. 125
The Place of Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthewp. 126
Introductionp. 126
Negative Statements concerning the Gentilesp. 126
The Place of the Law in Matthewp. 136
Gentiles and the Torah according to the Gospel of Matthewp. 140
Summaryp. 145
Authority Figures in the Matthean Communityp. 146
Introductionp. 146
Hierarchy in the Matthean Communityp. 146
Summaryp. 154
Conclusionp. 156
Summaryp. 156
Developments in the Church through the Centuriesp. 162
Bibliographyp. 165
Index of Referencesp. 202
Index of Authorsp. 211
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ISBN: 9780567083821
ISBN-10: 0567083829
Series: Sheffield Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 1st February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.1  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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