The Earliest Christian Meeting Places Hardback

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by Edward Adams

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The Earliest Christian Meeting Places

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Edward Adams challenges the strong consensus in New Testament and Early Christian studies: that the early Christians met 'almost exclusively' in houses an assumption which undergirds much work in the social study of early Christianity, including the social formation of the early churches; the socio-economic status of the early Christians; the development of leadership and worship; the social organization of early Christian mission; women in the early churches. Adams re-examines the New Testament and other literary data, as well as archaeological evidence, showing that explicit evidence for assembling in houses is not is not as overwhelming as is usually thought. The study also asks: What other kinds of material space, beyond private houses, might have served as early Christian meeting places, and what evidence is there for Christian utilization of such places? Adams shows 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 settings, both domestic and non-domestic, rather than almost entirely in private houses.

The Earliest Christian Meeting Places by Edward Adams was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in October 2013. The ISBN for The Earliest Christian Meeting Places is 9780567282576.

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Details for The Earliest Christian Meeting Places

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (October 2013)
Number of Pages280
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4037556
Page last updated 1st November 2018
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