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(PUBEerdmans)What was the nature of leadership and organization in the early church? How did it compare with that in the synagogue, assorted civic associations, local Greco-Roman government, and even the family? Clarke's provocative models are reconstructed from texts, sociology, and archaeological finds. 305 pages, softcover.
This volume explores the nature of leadership in the Christian community, especially as it was variously taught by Paul and practiced in the congregations of the first century. Exploring valuable ancient source material as well as the New Testament texts, Andrew Clarke describes the theories and practices of organization and leadership in key areas of first-century society-the city, the colony, associations, Jewish synagogues, the family-and discusses the extent to which these models influenced the first-century Christians as they sought to define the parameters and distinctives of their own communities.