Item description for Worship in the Early Church by Ralph P. Martin...
Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.41" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2000
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802816134 ISBN13 9780802816139
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More About Ralph P. Martin
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...
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
Reviews - What do customers think about Worship in the Early Church?
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.