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The Emergence of the Church: Context, Growth, Leadership & Worship [Paperback]

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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830826505  
EAN  9780830826506  

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The early church didn't descend from heaven on a string. Nor did it spring full-grown from the mind of the apostles. On the contrary, Arthur Patzia sees The Emergence of the Church as the result of God's decisive action within a particular group of people. Exploring expansion and growth, life and practices, leadership and worship, Patzia provides a welcome primer on what the church was then---and what it should be now.

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The early church did not descend from heaven on a golden string. Nor did it spring full-grown from the mind of Jesus or the apostles. The church emerged as the result of God's decisive action within a particular people, Israel, their story and their historical context. The focal point of this action was Jesus--his ministry, death and resurrection. But there were challenges, setbacks and conflicts, as well as bursts of understanding, expansion and growth. While the main lines of this story display a remarkable unity, a closer examination also reveals a living diversity of cultures, perspectives and practices. InThe Emergence of the Church Arthur G. Patzia explores the story, weighs the issues and traces the contours of the early church's expansion and growth, life and practices, leadership and worship. He offers both a panoramic introduction to the church as it was in the first century and a foundation for considering how it should be in the twenty-first century.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Arthur G. Patzia (Ph.D., McMaster University) is senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary of Northern California. He is also the author of Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon in the New International Bible Commentary series.

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The Early Church in the Bible  Dec 19, 2001
Arthur G. Patzia's 'Emergence of the Church' combines New Testament background (what was Judaism like in first-century Palestine? What was life like in the Roman empire? and so on) with exposition of what the Bible says about the growth of Christianity. The book's sources are pretty strictly biblical: the Didache is dated at or beyond 100 (p.99), and discussed only at the fringe, and the clearly first-century ROTAS square (buried under the products of the volcanic eruption of 79) does not figure, even when Patzia comes to discuss (p.138) whether there were first-century churches in Italy outside Rome.

If description and discussion of what the Bible says about the early Church is what you're looking for, this is a good book to choose. The ambience is distinctly Fuller, and here and there this brings up questions which would otherwise seem curious: Patzia notes (and he is right, as far as it goes) that 'there is no indisputable evidence in the Gospels that [Jesus] personally offered sacrifices in the temple during his public ministry' (p.186). All right, but what is implied here? That Jesus might have thought sacrifical cult wrong, or avoided it? Surely not likely, when Luke (2.24) records his parents making the prescribed offering in the temple for him.

Arthur G. Patzia is an intelligent reader of the Bible and a throughgoing expositor. His book deserves a wide audience.


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