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Eerdmans Early Christian Prophecy Collection (2 vols.)

Format: Digital
, 1991–1994


Explore the history of Christian prophecy and get a biblical theology of prophecy with two influential twentieth-century theologians. Prophecy in Early Christianity provides a comprehensive treatment of first-century prophecy in the Church and contemporaneous cultural notions of prophecy. The First Theologians examines how prophets in the first century church also were its earliest theologians.

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  • Provides a comprehensive treatment of first-century prophecy in the Church
  • Analyzes how first-century prophets functioned as theologians
  • Broadens your view of prophecy and its place within the church

Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World

  • Author: David E. Aune
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 534

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Comparable in scope to Johannes Lindblom’s Prophecy in Ancient Israel, this book offers the first comprehensive treatment in English of the place of prophecy in the New Testament period.

Because early Christianity was the product of Western as well as Eastern religious and cultural traditions, David Aune begins by examining the antecedents of early Christian prophecy. He describes Greco-Roman prophecy—the types of oracles, the people who prophesied, the procedures, and the purpose of prophecy. In examining Israelite-Jewish prophecy, Aune discusses the Old Testament prophets, first-century apocalyptic literature, eschatological prophecy, John the Baptist, and Qumran.

Having thus set the background in detail, Aune examines the character of early Christian prophecy, discussing the early Christian and modern conceptions of Jesus as prophet, and analyzing every known Christian prophetic speech from Paul to the middle of the second century AD.

Aune attributes the eventual decline of prophecy to the institutionalization of Christianity, in which the functions of teachers, pastors, elders, and deacons replaced the essentially similar functions of prophets.

This full-scale investigation brings research a good step forward. . . . The presentation is concise and rich, and the author’s fine distinctions and his ability to formulate pertinent questions create an indispensable basis for further discussions.

—Birger Gerhardsson, Lund University, Sweden

This very important study of early Christian life will enlighten anyone who reads it. It is a major contribution to the whole early Christian world, based on sound learning and written to be read.

—Robert M. Grant, University of Chicago

David E. Aune is Walter Professor of New Testament & Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame.

The First Theologians: A Study in Early Christian Prophecy

  • Author: Thomas W. Gillespie
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 304

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What were the function and location of the prophets in early Christianity? What were the nature and authority of their prophesying? What were the forms and content of their prophecy? In this book, Princeton theologian Thomas Gillespie provides an important contribution to the scholarly investigation of the nature and function of early Christian prophecy.

Thomas W. Gillespie was professor of New Testament and president of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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