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A Vision for the Church: Studies in Early Christian Ecclesiology

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What is the Church? Perhaps more importantly, what is it meant to be? How did its earliest members understand this body of which they had become a part? This is a textbook collection of fifteen essays by an international group of New Testament experts. They bring together a dynamic range of perspectives on how the early Christians viewed the Church: its origins, purpose and relation to Jewish Scriptures and to Jesus Christ; its place in the world and in God’s plan; its community life and worship, in theory and in practice.

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  • Surveys the earliest Christian writers’ ideas of what the Church should be and become
  • Pays tribute to the life and works of John Sweet
  • Provides a dynamic range of perspectives on how the early Christians viewed the Church
  • Septuagintal and New Testament Conceptions of the Church
  • Matthew’s Vision for the Church
  • Mark’s Vision for the Church
  • Luke’s Vision for the Church
  • Q and the ‘Church’: The Role of the Christian Community within Judaism according to Q
  • A Vision for the Church: John’s Gospel
  • The Johannine Community and the Letters of John
  • The Pauline Communities
  • Romans 12:1-2 and Paul’s Vision for Worship
  • The Church in Hebrews
  • James, 1 Peter, Jude and 2 Peter
  • The Hearing Formula and the Visions of John in Revelation
  • The Lamb and the Beast, the Sheep and the Goats: ‘The Mystery of Salvation’ in Revelation
  • The Vision of the Church in the Apostolic Fathers
  • Universalism and Particularism: Twin Components of Both Judaism and Early Christianity
  • John M. G. Barclay
  • Richard Bauckham
  • G. K. Beale
  • Markus Bockmuehl
  • James Carleton
  • Andrew Chester
  • Michael Goulder
  • Morna D. Hooker
  • William Horbury
  • C. F. D. Moule
  • J. C. O'Neill
  • Christopher Rowland
  • David Seccombe
  • Stephen S. Smalley
  • Michael B. Thompson
  • Christopher M. Tuckett
Filled with penetrating insights, this synthetic collection delivers far more than its title indicates.

—Casimir Bernas, Religious Studies Review

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Dr. Markus Bockmuehl is Professor of Biblical and Early Christian Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Dr. Michael B. Thompson is Director of Studies and Lecturer in New Testament, Ridley Hall, University of Cambridge.


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