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Urban World and the First Christians (Steve Walton) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2017) 9780802874511
Urban World and the First Christians (Steve Walton) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2017) 9780802874511
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Title: Urban World and the First Christians

Author: Walton, Steve

Additional Authors or Contributors: Paul Trebilco, David W.J. Gill (eds)

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2017

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802874511

Volumes: 1; Pages: 404

List Price in Paper: $48.00 Our price: $32.99

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In the tradition of The First Urban Christians by Wayne Meeks, this book explores the relationship between the earliest Christians and the city environment. Experts in classics, early Christianity, and human geography analyze the growth, development, and self-understanding of the early Christian movement in urban settings.

The book's contributors first look at how the urban physical, cultural, and social environments of the ancient Mediterranean basin affected the ways in which early Christianity progressed. They then turn to how the earliest Christians thought and theologized in their engagement with cities. With a rich variety of expertise and scholarship, The Urban World and the First Christians is an important contribution to the understanding of early Christianity.

Table of Contents



Cities as More Than "Scenery": The Editors

I Early Christianity in Its Ancient Urban Setting(s)

Complicating the Category of Ethnos toward Poliscentrism: A Possible Way Forward within Second Temple Ethnography by Anthony Le Donne

Paul, Pentecost, and the Nomosphere: The Final Return to Jerusalem in the Acts of the Apostles by Matthew Sleeman

Paul's Caesarea by Joan E. Taylor

Early Christianity in Its Colonial Contexts in the Provinces of the Eastern Empire by David W. J. Gill

Diaspora Jewish Attitudes to Metropolis: Philo and Paul on Balanced Personalities, Split Loyalties, Jerusalem, and Rome by Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer Paul's Mission Strategy in the Urban Landscape of the First-Century Roman Empire by Volker Rabens

"Outside the City Gate": Center and Periphery in Paul's Preaching in Philippi by Cedric Brelaz

The City as Foil (Not Friend nor Foe): Conformity and Subversion in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 by Helen Morris

Engaging-or Not Engaging-the City: Reading 1 and 2 Timothy and the Johannine Letters in the City of Ephesus by Paul R. Trebilco

Urbanization and Literate Status in Early Christian Rome: Hermas and Justin Martyr as Examples by Chris Keith

Alexandria ad Aegyptum: The City That Inspired a Polyphony of Early Christian Theologies by Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski

II Early Christian Thinking about Cities

City of God or Home of Traitors and Killers? Jerusalem according to Matthew by Anders Runesson

Heavenly Citizenship and Earthly Authorities: Philippians 1:27 and 3:20 in Dialogue with Acts 16:11-40 by Steve Walton

Spiritual Geographies of the City: Exploring Spiritual Landscapes in Colossae by Paul Cloke

Re-Placing 1 Peter: From Place of Origin to Constructions of Space by David G. Horrell

Repairing Social Vertigo: Spatial Production and Belonging in 1 Peter by Wei Hsien Wan

Cities of Revelation: A Tale of Two (Kinds of) Cities by Ian Paul

Conclusion: Research on Urban Christian Communities: Looking Ahead by Paul R. Trebilco

Works Cited

Index of Authors

Index of Subjects

Index of Scripture and Ancient Sources

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