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Community Building in the Shepherd of Hermas: A Critical Study of Some Key Aspects (Mark Grundeken) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2015) 9789004298859
Community Building in the Shepherd of Hermas: A Critical Study of Some Key Aspects (Mark Grundeken) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2015) 9789004298859
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Title: Community Building in the Shepherd of Hermas: A Critical Study of Some Key Aspects

Author: Grundeken, Mark

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2015

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004298859

Volumes: 1; Pages: 236

List Price in Cloth: $142.00 Our price: $115.99

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In Community Building in the Shepherd of Hermas, Mark Grundeken investigates key aspects of Christian community life as reflected upon in the early Christian writing the Shepherd of Hermas (2nd century C.E.). Grundeken's thematic study deals with various topics: the community's identity, including its (alleged) 'Jewish Christianness', (lack of) resurrection belief, sectarian tendencies and its relation to the authorities and to the emperor cult; social features, encompassing gender roles and charity; and rituals such as baptism, metanoia, Eucharistic meals, the Sunday collection, dancing (and singing), the 'holy kiss' and reading of Scripture. The many fruitful entries prove Hermas to be one of the main texts for studying the development of community building in the early church.Table of ContentsIntroduction1. Jewish Christianity2. Resurrection Belief3. Sectarianism4. The Roman Empire5. Women6. "Charity"7. Baptism and Metanoia8. Community Meals9. The Sunday Collection10. Dancing (and Singing)11. The "Holy Kiss"General ConclusionsBibliography
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