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A Monocultural Usage: διακον- words in Classical, Hellenistic, and Patristic Sources

Collins, John N. (2012) A Monocultural Usage: διακον- words in Classical, Hellenistic, and Patristic Sources. Vigiliae Christianae, 66 (3). pp. 287-309. ISSN 0042-6032

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Abstract

A scholarly consensus about the interpretation of the διακον - words has been in place for 70 years. The consensus maintains that early Christian writers adopted διακον - words because of their lowly connotations and imbued them with new meanings specific to Christian living and community arrangements. The new meanings had developed on the model of Jesus who came to serve others in self-giving love. A 1990 study of pre-Christian and early Christian Greek claimed to invalidate the consensus, a claim now supported in specialist publications. This paper extends sampling of usage into patristic usage. Implications for exegesis and ecclesiology are immediate.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): ministry, Diakonie, service, διακονία
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): C - Church History
Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 14:52
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2378

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