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The Earliest Christian Meeting Places: Almost Exclusively Houses?
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The Earliest Christian Meeting Places: Almost Exclusively Houses?

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Bloomsbury 2013

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Overview

Edward Adams challenges a strong consensus found in New Testament and early Christian studies—that the early Christians met almost exclusively in houses. This assumption has been foundational for research on the social formation of the early churches, the origins and early development of church architecture, and early Christian worship. Recent years have witnessed increased scholarly interest in the early “house church.”

Adams reexamines the New Testament, other literary data, and archaeological and comparative evidence, showing that explicit evidence for assembling in houses is not nearly as extensive as is usually thought. He also shows that there is evidence for meeting in non-house settings. Adams makes the case that during the first two centuries, the alleged period of the house church, it is plausible to imagine the early Christians gathering in a range of venues rather than almost entirely in private homes. His thesis has wide-ranging implications.

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Key Features

  • Challenges the idea that the early Christians met almost exclusively in houses
  • Presents evidence for meetings in non-house settings
  • Discusses early Christians gathering in a range of venues

Contents

  • New Testament Evidence: Episltes
  • New Testament Evidence: Gospels and Acts
  • Literary Evidence From 100 to 313 CE
  • Archaeological Evidence
  • Comparative Evidence
  • Retail, Industrial, and Storage Spaces
  • Commercial Hopsitality and Leisure Space
  • Outdoor Spaces and Burial Places

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About Edward Adams

Edward Adams is lecturer in New Testament studies at King’s College, London. He is also the author of Constructing the World: A Study in Paul’s Cosmological Language and coauthor of Christianity at Corinth: The Quest for the Pauline Church.