The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul
This study draws on the letters of Paul, his associates and disciples, to elucidate the world of the early Christians. In this second edition, which includes a new preface, Meeks presents a social history of the early Christian movement discussing such subjects as the urban community, city versus country, women, social stratification, the relationship between Judaism and early Christianity, government, religious ritual and belief systems.
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Review: The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle PaulUser Review - Milk Badger - Goodreads
A fascinating, though at times scholarly, sociological and historical study of the religious communities founded by Paul in a dozen or so cities around the Mediterranean basin. Meeks compares them ... Read full review
Review: The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle PaulUser Review - Nicholas Quient - Goodreads
Absorbing, center/left, and ultimately compelling overview of the early Christians within the Pauline communities. He tends to have a rather dim view of Paul (one I don't share) but this book, when taken after a pinch of salt, is illuminating. Read full review