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Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries [Edited Book]

Koet, Bart J; Murphy, Edwina and Ryökäs, Esko (2018) Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries [Edited Book]. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen. 342pp. ISBN 9783161566479

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Abstract

In German-speaking countries, the role of the diaconate has been strongly influenced by nineteenth-century ideas of diakonia as service towards the poor. As important as the social initiatives stemming from this perspective have been, in order to correctly understand deacons and diakonia in the early church, we must go back to the sources. For this volume, focused on the first two centuries of Christianity, scholars from a range of backgrounds consider the use of diakonos and related words in the New Testament and extra-biblical sources, both Christian and otherwise. These texts reveal what deacons actually did, helping us to understand the past and giving guidance for the present, particularly in ecumenical discussions concerning the ministry.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Deacons, Diakonia, Early Christianity
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
Subjects: C - Church History
B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 02:24
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 02:24
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3562

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