By Gerard Mannion
The nature and tale of the Christian church is immensely vital to theology scholars and students alike. Written by way of a global group of exotic students, this accomplished booklet introduces scholars to the basic ancient, systematic, ethical and ecclesiological features of the research of the church, in addition to serving as a source for students conducting ecclesiological debates on a large choice of matters. It divides into six parts:
- the church in its ancient context
- the varied denominational traditions
- global views
- methods and debates in ecclesiology
- key innovations and subject matters
- ecclesiology and different disciplines: social sciences, philosophy, literature and film.
Authoritative, available and simply navigable, this publication is imperative for everybody drawn to the character and background of the Christian Church.
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Table fellowship, however, was more broadly conceived in the early church than it is in the church today and encompassed the early Christian habit of sharing a common meal, as well as a symbolic remembrance of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and his practice of breaking bread and giving thanks. Burtchaell’s reconstruction of the development of worship in early Christianity suggests that table fellowship is the central moment of gathering among the earliest Christians. Burtchaell proposes that, to start with, the earliest Christians took a full part in the worship of temple and synagogue.
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The first century CE marks the period of its development and it was only later that its meaning became more fixed. 2 uses the word sunago¯ge¯ of what is presumed to be a gathering of Christians. This indicates that the words were not entirely fixed in their use at this point, though it is unusual enough to be surprising. The problem of the word ekkle¯sia is that it was used in some parts of the New Testament but not in others. It appears in Matthew and Acts but not in Mark, Luke or John; in Paul but not in 1 and 2 Peter, and only occurs once in Hebrews.
Companion to the Christian Church by Gerard Mannion