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Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries
Koet, Bart J., Edwina Murphy and Esko Ryökäs, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xiv + 327. $125.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 479

Description: In German-speaking countries, the role of the diaconate has been strongly influenced by nineteenth-century ideas of diakonia as service towards the poor. As important as the social initiatives stemming from this perspective have been, in order to correctly understand deacons and diakonia in the early church, we must go back to the sources. For this volume, focused on the first two centuries of Christianity, scholars from a range of backgrounds consider the use of diakonos and related words in the New Testament and extra-biblical sources, both Christian and otherwise. These texts reveal what deacons actually did, helping us to understand the past and giving guidance for the present, particularly in ecumenical discussions concerning the ministry. Contributors: Joke H. A. Brinkhof, John N. Collins, John Granger Cook, Paul Foster, Mark Grundeken, Anni Hentschel, Clayton N. Jefford, Bart J. Koet, Anni Maria Laato, Margaret Mowczko, Edwina Murphy, Esko Ryokas, Serafim Seppala, Peter-Ben Smit, Lauri Thuren, Anssi Voitila, and Munib Younan.

Subjects: Bible, Septuagint, New Testament, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Ritva Williams
Published 5/1/2020
Citation: Ritva Williams, review of Bart J. Koet, Edwina Murphy, and Esko Ryökäs, eds., Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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