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The Church Before Christianity [Paperback]

By Wes Howard-Brook (Author)
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The Church Before Christianity by Wes Howard-Brook

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.23" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2001
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570754039  
ISBN13  9781570754036  

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More About Wes Howard-Brook

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Wes Howard-Brook teaches at Seattle University. He is the author of several Orbis books, including Unveiling Empire, The Church Before Christianity, Becoming Children of God, and co-editor of The New Testament: Introducing the Way of Discipleship.

Wes Howard-Brook currently resides in Issaquah, in the state of Washington.

Wes Howard-Brook has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bible & Liberation

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
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author's description  Oct 25, 2001
This book is intended to be a sequel to Albert Nolan's "Jesus Before Christianity," an effort which Nolan has gracefully endorsed. It is a look at how the first discipleship communities known as "churches" (from the Greek, ekklesiai, meaning "the called out") saw their commitment not as simply a Sunday morning battery charge for service to Empire, but as the formation of a Spirit-driven alternative society. It links these churches to their roots in biblical Israel's covenant with God to live differently from the "gentiles" (nations) surrounding them. The book draws on a diversity of New Testament texts in focusing on these themes:
1. prayer and worship
2. kinship
3. economics
4. healing, exorcism and public witness

Each of the six chapters contains reflection questions for personal or small group use. It concludes with a "thought experiment" on how these lessons might be lived out as church in our time.

author's review  Oct 19, 2001
I wrote this book to give Christians and folks considering Christianity an idea of what "church" was intended to mean in the early days: a complete society alternative to empire, with God reigning in the midst of the community. It is a "sequel" to Albert Nolan's "Jesus Before Christianity." What Nolan did for the Jesus of Palestine, I tried to do for the first disciples amidst the cities of the Greco-Roman world.

Each of the six chapters has reflection questions suitable for individual or small group use.


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