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The Church of Smyrna: History and Theology of a Primitive Christian Community
Monroy, Mauricio Saavedra

Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2015 pp. xv + 402. €77.95

Series Information
Patrologia: Beiträge zum Studium der Kirchenväter, 33


Description: This book deals with the theology of the Church of Smyrna from its foundation up to the Council of Nicaea in 325. The author provides a critical historical evaluation of the documentary sources and certain aspects particularly deserving of discussion. He makes a meticulous study of the history of the city, its gods and institutions, the set-up of the Jewish and Christian communities and the response of the latter to the imperial cult. Finally, he undertakes a detailed analysis both of the reception of the Hebrew Scriptures and the apostolic traditions, as well as examining the gradual historical process of the shaping of orthodoxy and the identity of the community in the light of the organisation of its ecclesial ministries, its sacramental life and the cult of its martyrs.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Mark Wilson
Published 2/22/2018
Citation: Mark Wilson, review of Mauricio Saavedra Monroy, The Church of Smyrna: History and Theology of a Primitive Christian Community, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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