Early Christian Communities Between Ideal and Reality
Grundeken, Mark and Joseph Verheyden, editors
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. xiii + 242. €99.00
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 342
Description: The authors of this volume explore the notion of community as reflected upon in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. Various aspects are dealt with, including concerns for organising the community, developing a sacramental and liturgical praxis, constructing identity against outsiders, spreading the Christian message, and building towards a better community. The interplay between ideal and reality in the sources offers some reliable information about day-to-day concerns and concrete situations in Christian communities from the end of the first century up to about 150 CE.
Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches
Review by Matthijs den Dulk
Citation: Matthijs den Dulk, review of Mark Grundeken and Joseph Verheyden, eds., Early Christian Communities Between Ideal and Reality, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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