The Church According to the New Testament: What the Wisdom and Witness of Early Christianity Teach Us TodayThe Church According to the New Testament: What the Wisdom and Witness of Early Christianity Teach Us Today
Daniel J. Harrington S.J.

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In this timely & important book, leading Scripture scholar, Daniel Harrington S.J., addresses two critical questions of our age: What does the church of the first century have to say to the church of the twenty-first century? And how can what the NT says and does not say about the church help bring greater vitality within and unity among the churches? This book is a work of biblical and ecumenical theology that helps Christians and their friends better appreciate and understand what the foundational Christian texts teach about the church. Questions for reflection and discussion help readers apply the wisdom of the NT and the witness of early Christians to modern life.
     

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Preface
1. The Jesus Movement
Rooted in Israel
The Kingdom of God
The Values of the Jesus Movement
Jesus' Disciples
The Death of Jesus
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

2. The Jesus Movement Continues

The Resurrection of Jesus
The Holy Spirit
External Factors
Kingdom and Church
Did Jesus Found the Church
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

3. What Early Christians Believed About Jesus

Paul's LetterS: The Power of Jesus' Death and Resurrection
Pastoral Epistles: "The Saying Is Sure"
Other Early Traditions about Jesus
Jesus as hte Wisdom of God
Hymns in Luke's Infancy Narrative
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

4. How Early Christians Worshipped

Baptism as Initiation into Christ
The Lord's Supper and Early ChristianLife
The House Church
The Christian Assembly
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

5. Paul on the Church

The Spirit-Led Community
The Charistmatic Community
The Body of Christ
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

6. The Church and the People of God

Old Testament Perspectives
The People of God in 1 Peter 2:9-10
The People of God in Galatians 3
The Mystery of Israel in Romans 9-11
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

7. Paul's Legacy: Theology, Narrative, and Practice

Ecumenical Dimensions in Paul's Ecclesiology
Theology: Ephesians
Narrative: The Acts of Apostles
Practical Advice: The Pastoral Epistles
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

8. The Churches Behind the Synoptic Gospels

From Jesus to the Synoptic Gospels: Windows onto Church Life
Mark: A Church under Pressure
Matthew: The Church and Judaism
Luke: The Church in History and in the World
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

9. The Johanne Communities

John's Book of Signs: Jesus and "the Jews"
John's Book of Glory: The Community of the Beloved Disciple
The Johannine Letters: The Story Continues
Revelation: Hope for Suffering Christians
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

10. The Church in the World

Church and State
Men and Women
Early Christian Values
Hospitality and Compassion
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

11. Ministry

Jesus as the Servant Leader
Other Terms and Patterns
Disciples of Jesus
The Ministry of the Word
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

12. Ministers

Church Offers
Ignatius of Antioch
Priesthood
Peter
Possibilities and Problems
For Reflection and Discussion

Glossary
For Further Study
Index