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Vision For the Church : Studies in Early Christian Ecclesiology - Michael B Thompson

Vision For the Church

Studies in Early Christian Ecclesiology

Paperback Published: 1st December 2000
ISBN: 9780567085795

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What is the Church? Perhaps more importantly, what is it meant to be? How did ti's earliest members understand this body of which they had become a part? How did they envisage what it ought to be and might become? This collection of fifteen early essays by an international group of New Testament experts is made in honour of John Sweet. They bring together in one volume a dynamic range of perspectives on how the early Christians viewed the Church: its origin, purpose and relation to the Jewish Scriptures and to Jesus Christ; its place in the world and in God's plan; its community life and worship, both in theory and in practice. The concluding chapter draws together the various recurrent strands of early Christianity's relationship with Judaism. Concise and accesible, with reading lists for each chapter, the book covers every New Testament author and ranges in time from the Greek Old Testatment to the Apostolic Fathers. Markus Bockmuehl is University Lecturer in Divinity and Fellow and Tutor of Fiztwilliam Collge, Cambridge. Michael B. Thompson is Director of Studies and Lecturer in New Testament at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

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Preface
Foreword
Abbreviations
Septuagintal and New Testament Conceptions of the Churchp. 1
Matthew's Vision for the Churchp. 19
Mark's Vision for the Churchp. 33
Luke's Vision for the Churchp. 45
Q and the 'Church': The Role of the Christian Community within Judaism according to Qp. 65
A Vision for the Church: John's Gospelp. 79
The Johannine Community and the Letters of Johnp. 95
The Pauline Communitiesp. 105
Romans 12.1-2 and Paul's Vision for Worshipp. 121
The Church in Hebrewsp. 133
James, I Peter, Jude and 2 Peterp. 153
The Hearing Formula and the Visions of John in Revelationp. 167
The Lamb and the Beast, the Sheep and the Goats: 'The Mystery of Salvation' in Revelationp. 181
The Vision of the Church in the Apostolic Fathersp. 193
Universalism and Particularism: Twin Components of Both Judaism and Early Christianityp. 207
Select Bibliography of the Writings of J. P. M. Sweetp. 225
List of Contributorsp. 227
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 229
Index of Modern Authorsp. 243
Index of Subjectsp. 247
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ISBN: 9780567085795
ISBN-10: 0567085791
Series: Studies in Early Christian Ecclesiology
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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