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From Jerusalem to Antioch: The Gospel Across Cultures [Paperback]

By Jerome Crowe (Author)
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What happens when the gospel is relayed from one world to another and a Christian community is born in a new culture? How does the dynamism of the gospel reshape the culture that accepts it? How does that culture enrich the gospel? From Jerusalem to Antioch looks for answers to those questions by studying the earliest stage of the journey of the gospel to "the ends of the earth," the stage that brought it from the Jewish world of Jerusalem to the Hellenistic world of Antioch, the stage that saw the founding of the first "Christian" community. From Jerusalem to Antioch is a case study of that first example of the transculturation of the gospel: the way the Good News, so firmly rooted in Jewish soil, was successfully transplanted into a very different culture. Father Crowe maintains that there is much in the story of those two communities that speaks to the situation of a Europe-centered Church as it learns about its world mission from Christian communities in other cultures. Indeed, the experience of those who carried the gospel from Jerusalem to Antioch mirrors those of modern-day missionaries. Father Crowe presents the results of modern research-from the areas of Scripture, history, theology, sociology, and anthropology-on the Church of Jerusalem and on the Church of Antioch. In parallel chapters he compares such aspects as the two groups' historical origins, the way they presented the Christian message, and their distinctive patterns of worship, teaching, community life, and organization. He also refers to Acts, which offers a detailed account of the first community of Jerusalem; the Gospel of Luke, which provides an historical picture; and the letters of Paul, which give the eyewitness testimony of a man who was familiar with both communities. He concludes with suggestions for further reading. Aimed at those with some familiarity with biblical and theological issues, such as college students and those involved in religious education and parish adult education, From Jerusalem to Antioch shows how the process of transculturation of the gospel leads the Church to a deeper understanding of the mystery that lies at its heart.

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What happens when the gospel is relayed from one world to another and a Christian community is born in a new culture? How does the dynamism of the gospel reshape the culture that accepts it? How does that culture enrich the gospel?

"From Jerusalem to Antioch" looks for answers to those questions by studying the earliest stage of the journey of the gospel to the ends of the earth," the stage that brought it from the Jewish world of Jerusalem to the Hellenistic world of Antioch, the stage that saw the founding of the first "Christian" community." From Jerusalem to Antioch" is a case study of that first example of the transculturation of the gospel: the way the Good News, so firmly rooted in Jewish soil, was successfully transplanted into a very different culture. Father Crowe maintains that there is much in the story of those two communities that speaks to the situation of a Europe-centered Church as it learns about its world mission from Christian communities in other cultures. Indeed, the experience of those who carried the gospel from Jerusalem to Antioch mirrors those of modern-day missionaries.

Father Crowe presents the results of modern research-from the areas of Scripture, history, theology, sociology, and anthropology-on the Church of Jerusalem and on the Church of Antioch. In parallel chapters he compares such aspects as the two groups' historical origins, the way they presented the Christian message, and their distinctive patterns of worship, teaching, community life, and organization. He also refers to Acts, which offers a detailed account of the first community of Jerusalem; the Gospel of Luke, which provides a historical picture; and the letters ofPaul, which give the eyewitness testimony of a man who was familiar with both communities. He concludes with suggestions for further reading. Aimed at those with some familiarity with biblical and theological issues, such as college students and those involved in religious education and parish adult education, "From Jerusalem to Antioch" shows how the process of transculturation of the gospel leads the Church to a deeper understanding of the mystery that lies at its heart.

"The late Jerome Crowe, CP, lectured on Scripture in Australian seminaries and in Catholic studies at the University of South Australia. He served as president of Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne and lectured and gave retreats in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Japan, Rome, and the United States. He was an alumnus of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.""

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814624324  
ISBN13  9780814624326  


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From a Different Vantage Point  Oct 5, 2006
The author of this book wrote from a unique vantage point in the present which deeply informed his interface with the past. Jerome Crowe was a Roman Catholic missionary and scholar. His scholarly positions were in Australia and his mission work was primarily in Papua New Guinea. This background and a complete knowledge of the scholarly corpus on the topics covered in this book inform his work. Crowe explicates in clear narrative fashion an interpretation of the evangelical mission of the early Jerusalem Church and then follows that with a speculative but well grounded and equally clear analysis of the evangelical mission of the Church in Antioch. While the interpretations are orthodox as would be expected, they are surprising in many ways.

The books of the New Testament beyond the gospel messages are almost always concerned with intra-Church and intra-faith matters. Here Crowe is concerned with how the Churches of Jerusalem and Antioch preached the gospel to appeal to their different non-Christian audiences. Using Biblical sources only but inform by all the latest scholarship, the section on Jerusalem is predictable to those knowledgeable in early Church history. However, when he looks at the Antioch mission using the same NT sources a different pattern of evangelism appears. There is much to be learned here by both the well read and the beginner in early Church history.

Some of his insights are quite arresting. For example, there was major pre-Pauline missionary work undertaken in the diaspora by Greek speaking Christians. This is proved quite simply by the facts at hand but is often overlooked. One star is deducted for a lack of notes, although, the "suggested readings" that serve as limited bibliographies at the end of each section are very useful. Easily read by most literate adults this book is probably aimed at an audience with at least a superficial background in early Church history and the NT. The trans-cultural adaptation of the gospel message is not a likely starting point for most students of the Church. However, if early Church history is an area of concern for you, I recommend this book most highly. It would be hard to find this material elsewhere in a more accessible package.
 

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