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Worship in the Early Church [Paperback]

By Ralph P. Martin (Author)
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The first Christians included several elements in their tributes to God, reflecting their Jewish heritage and their belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Martin examines the aspects of early Christian worship---prayers and praises, singing, creeds and confessions, preaching, offerings, and sacraments---to foster renewed interest in the life and worship of today's churches.

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Refers to New Testament teachings while delineating the nature of early Christian worship of God. Bibliogs.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.41" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802816134  
ISBN13  9780802816139  

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Ralph P. Martin (1925-2013) was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary and a New Testament Editor for the Word Biblical Commentary series. He earned the BA and MA from the University of Manchester, England, and the PhD from King's College, University of London. He was the author of numerous studies and commentaries on the New Testament, including Worship in the Early Church, the volume on Philippians in The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series. He also wrote 2 Corinthians and James in the WBC series.

Ralph P. Martin has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
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  3. New Testament Theology
  4. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP Numbered)
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  6. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

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An Overly Simplistic Picture, but not a Bad Start.  Mar 11, 2001
Dr. Martin has provided us with a good, solid, although less than profound, primer on early Christian worship. This is the right book for high-school-age Sunday School classes, and for adults begin initial studies on the Christian liturgies. This text is insufficient, however, for more advanced reading.

With a well crafted vocabulary, a solid understanding of the subject matter, and an obvious infusion of Dr. Martin's own, deep faith, this is a delightful book.

Its only short-fall is that Dr. Martin paints the image of early Christian unity in faith, doctrine, and practice with too wide a brush. Thus, we read "The Resurrection is by common consent the decisive element in THE kerygma..." (p. 75, emphasis mine), even though James D.G. Dunn (Unity and Diversity in the New Testament: An Inquiry into the Character of Earliest Christianity, Trinity Press 1990) and others have argued conclusively for multiple kerygmata in the earliest Church. In fact, for 49 pages (124-173) Dunn demonstrates explicitly and convincingly the complex variety in early Christian worship and sacramental practice. Martin, on the other hand, paints a rather flat image of an unified Church in which all the faithful believed the same doctrines, adhered to the "Didache," and smoothed over the differences between the synoptic Gospels, the Gospel according the Saint John, and the Pauline Epistles.

Dr. Martin's book is an excellent place to begin a study of the Christian liturgies, especially if the reader remembers that it is only a starting point.


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