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The Emergence of the Church : Context, Growth, Leadership & Worship
Arthur G. Patzia
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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.
In The 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.
Patzia's clearly written book gives a broad overview of the developing character of the church from the Jesus movement to the end of the first century. Its fine bibliographies, sensitivity to cultural issues of the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts and especially its focus on and extensive treatment of both ministry and church order/office and also worship in the first-century church make this a very useful and distinctive textbook.
David M. Scholer, professor of New Testament and associate dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
The welcome presence of Art Patzia the teacher appears on every page of this wide-ranging expose of the emergence of the church in the first century. Here are the fruits of over fifty years of scholarly discussion covering the many issues relevant to New Testament history, presented with care and nuance, simply but never superficially. Treating with particular seriousness the origins of Christianity in Judaism and reflecting on the diverse character of the early churches, Patzia provides a genuine service to students interested in grasping the patterns of belief, practice and growth of the church in its opening decades.
Joel B. Green, Asbury Theological Seminary
The Emergence of the Church is a carefully crafted and well-executed piece of work, admirably suited to the classroom and useful for private study. It will serve the needs of many students of the first-century church and be a boon to teachers offering courses on the Christian movement in the early decades.
Ralph P. Martin
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About the Author
Arthur G. Patzia is professor of New Testament and director of Fuller Theological Seminary in Northern California. He is also the author of Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon in the New International Bible Commentary series.
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