Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

The Diffusion of Ecclesiastical Authority: Sociological Dimensions of Leadership in the Book of Acts
Land, Darin H.

Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2008 pp. ix + 245. $28.00

Series Information
Princeton Theological Monograph Series


Description: The Diffusion of Ecclesiastical Authority explores the leadership of the church in Acts from a sociological perspective. Two primary models emerge from a sociologically informed investigation of first-century Greco-Roman and Jewish religious leadership: "manager-leader" and "innovator-leader." An examination of seven passages in Acts reveals that the leaders of the early church, although initially conforming to cultural expectations, are best described as innovator-leaders whose counter-cultural actions resulted in the empowerment of new leaders and the advancement of the gospel. Through the use of fictive kinship language, the voluntary sharing of authority, the fostering of a sense of mutual dependence on God as the common patron, and the redefinition of what is honorable, the leaders in Acts consistently enabled others to share authority in the church.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBLís login procedure is now synched to SBLís. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBLís Terms of Use.


Email Address
SBL Password
 
  
 Forgot Your Password
 Join SBL or Renew Membership


Review by Steve Walton
Published 7/5/2009
Citation: Steve Walton, review of Darin H. Land, The Diffusion of Ecclesiastical Authority: Sociological Dimensions of Leadership in the Book of Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us