Diakonia Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources Paperback

Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources

by John N. Collins;


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Diakonia Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources

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This is the first comprehensive study of the Greek word "diakonia," from which the word "deacon" is derived. Diakonia and its cognates appear frequently throughout the New Testament, but its precise meaning has long been disputed. Today, it is usually translated "service" or "ministry." As Collins shows, this understanding of diakonia has been important to the development of a modern consensus about the nature of Christian ministry. Based on the understanding that diakonia is "service" and that the diakonos (deacon) is a "servant," nearly all Christian bodies today agree that the central idea of ministry is that of helping the needy, and that the "servant" church should be humbly devoted to helping the world, after the model of Jesus. Collins conducts an exhaustive study of diakonia in Christian and non-Christian sources from about 200 BCE to 200 CE. He finds that in all such sources the word is used to mean "messenger" or "emissary," and has no implications of humility or of helping the needy. This discovery undermines much of the theological discussion of ministry that has taken place over the past fifty years.

Diakonia Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources by John N. Collins was published by Oxford University Press in May 2009 and is our 31504th best seller. The ISBN for Diakonia Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources is 9780195396027.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (May 2009)
Weight552g
Number of Pages388
Thickness22 mm
Height235 mm
Width157 mm
ISBN9780195396027
ISBN-100195396022
Product Code1955900
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