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Patronage in Early Christianity - 9781597525879

Un libro in lingua di Wheatley Alan B. edito da Pickwick Pubns, 2011

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How did the community we glimpse in the New Testament become an institution quite willing to have the emperor Constantine as primary public partner? By tracing the use of resources, titles, and functions of leaders and patterns of honor-giving from a wide variety of sources, Wheatly reveals both acceptance and revision of Roman patronage in this countercultural community. Along the way it is possible to see dissident groups like the Montanists and Marcionites more clearly and sympathetically, and to ask ourselves some pertinent questions about how a Christian community might function in the twenty-first century.

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