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Images and Understandings of the Church in the New Testament: An Overview

Gleeson, Brian (2006) Images and Understandings of the Church in the New Testament: An Overview. Australian E-Journal of Theology, 8. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1448-6326

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Abstract

The author investigates the range of New Testament writings for a composite picture of how the church was imaged and understood by NT Christians. Putting the colours and shapes of multiple images together sheds considerable light on the origins, nature and mission of the church as a whole.. What is highlighted in the total picture of the church of the beginnings is that it was small, multiple, varied, self-determining, personal, home-based and local. Such attractive features stand in some contrast to the massive, monolithic, centrally-governed, pyramidical, top-down, and somewhat imperial and impersonal church of more recent times. It’s no wonder, then, that a world-wide movement in the church today for the development of small and somewhat decentralized church communities should keep looking to the church of the NT as its chief inspiration .

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Ecclesiology, New Testament, early Church history
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): B - New Testament
Ministry Studies
C - Church History
Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 31 May 2010 11:21
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 11:45
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/498

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