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The Emergence of the Church: Context, Growth, Leadership & Worship
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The Emergence of the Church: Context, Growth, Leadership & Worship


IVP 2001

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The early church did not descend from heaven on a golden string. Nor did it spring full-grown from the mind of Jesus or the apostles. The church emerged as the result of God’s decisive action within a particular people, Israel, their story, and their historical context. The focal point of this action was Jesus—his ministry, death, and resurrection. But there were challenges, setbacks, and conflicts, as well as bursts of understanding, expansion, and growth. While the main lines of this story display a remarkable unity, a closer examination also reveals a living diversity of cultures, perspectives, and practices.

In The Emergence of the Church Arthur G. Patzia explores the story, weighs the issues, and traces the contours of the early church’s expansion and growth, life and practices, leadership and worship. He offers both a panoramic introduction to the church as it was in the first century and a foundation for considering how it should be in the twenty-first century.

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Key Features

  • Explores the story and life of the early church
  • Focuses on church leadership and worship
  • Considers how the church should be in the twenty-first century

Praise for the Print Edition

The Emergence of the Church is a carefully crafted and well-executed piece of work, admirably suited to the classroom and useful for private study. It will serve the needs of many students of the first-century church and be a boon to teachers offering courses on the Christian movement in the early decades.

Ralph P. Martin, former Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

. . . Its fine bibliographies, sensitivity to cultural issues of the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts and especially its focus on and extensive treatment of both ministry and church order/office and also worship in the first-century church make this a very useful and distinctive textbook.

David M. Scholer, Professor of New Testament and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

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About Arthur G. Patzia

Arthur G. Patzia (PhD, McMaster University) is Senior Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary of Northern California. He is also the author of Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon in the New International Bible Commentary series.