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Context, growth, leadership and worship

by Arthur G. Patzia;


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

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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 conflict, 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.

'The Emergence of the Church' explores the story, weighs the issues and traces the contours of the early church's expansion and growth, life and practices, leadership and worship. Mindful of the questions of contemporary scholarship, Arthur Patzia provides a welcome primer on the church as it was in the first century and a foundation for considering how it should be in the twenty-first century.

The Emergence of the Church: Context, Growth, Leadership and Worship by Arthur G. Patzia was published by Intervarsity Press in November 2001 and is our 35345th best seller. The ISBN for The Emergence of the Church: Context, Growth, Leadership and Worship is 9780851114835.

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"Dr Patzia teaches New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary California and it would appear that this book is a spin-off of his courses there. The style is extremely clear and didactic, replete with references to the biblical text which help to anchor Dr Patzia's assertions in the available evidence.

"The rest of his text is a careful explanation of how the church developed from its Palestinian roots to the emerging worldwide organisation which appears at the end of the first century. He seldom strays from the New Testament itself, and allows its later books to set the cut-off point for his study.

"Most of what he says about the establishment of the first Christian communities is uncontroversial, and his debt to the scholarly work of Dr N. T. Wright, Professor James Dunn and the late Professor Raymond Brown is obvious throughout. Of particular significance is his quotation from the last of these (a Roman Catholic) to the effect that the apostle Peter had nothing to do with the founding of the Roman church and may never have exercised any ministry in the capital city at all ... Dr Patzia is also very careful about the way in which he explains the role of women in the early church. He recognizes that they had important ministries, but stops short of claiming that they were apostles or preachers on a par with men since the evidence clearly does not support such a conclusion."

Gerald Bray, Churchman

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Page last updated 9th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherIntervarsity Press (November 2001)
Weight359g
Number of Pages264
Thickness23 mm
Height230 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780851114835
ISBN-100851114830
Product Code32905
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