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Overview The author explores the literature of the first three centuries of the church in terms of group identity and formation as surrogate kinship. Why did this become the organizing model in the earliest churches? How did historical developments intervene to shift the paradigm? How do ancient Mediterranean kinship structures correlate with church formation? Hellerman traces the fascinating story of these developments over three centuries and what brought them about. His focus is the New Testament documents (especially Paul's letters), second-century authors, and concluding with Cyprian in the third century. Kinship terminology in these writings, behaviors of group solidarity, and the symbolic power of kinship language in these groups are examined.
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Studio: FORTRESS PRESS
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800632486 ISBN13 9780800632489
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More About Joseph H. Hellerman
Joseph H. Hellerman is professor of New Testament at Biola University in La Mirada, California, and helps pastor Oceanside Christian Fellowship in nearby El Segundo. He holds degrees from Biola (Master of Divinity and Master of Theology, Old Testament) and the University of California (Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters of Arts in English and History of Christianity).
Joseph H. Hellerman currently resides in the state of California. Joseph H. Hellerman was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Biola University, California.
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Explores the concept of the early church as family Oct 8, 2006
Hellerman's "The Ancient Church as Family" argues that the early church formed a family for the believers. The idea of the church was central to the early church. Paul's epistles are full of the language of kinship.
Hellerman concedes that the idea of the church as a surrogate family was not central to the Old Testament. The Old Testament rarely explores "God as father to his sons and daughters, the Israelites" (p 60)yet "The kin group metaphor does manifest itself" (p 60) in such passages as "You are the children of the Lord your God" (Deut 14).
The New Testament was to see an expansion of these early strands. No other early religion stressed the idea of God as father. Christ, however, had announced that those who believed in him were his brother, sisters and mother. An astounding statement.
Hellerman argues that the early church formed closely knit groups of people who thought of themselves as family. He further defends the idea that this concept did not vanish after the first hundred years, but was part of the church in the 2nd and 3rd century.