Paul's Idea of Community

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Hendrickson Publishers, 1994 - Religion - 233 pages
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Robert Bank's widely read "Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in their Cultural Setting" is once again available to laypeole, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.

"The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel."
" Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

"It is good news that Robert Banks's "Paul's Idea of Community" is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . [I]t is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book."
" Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University

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Review: Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting

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Occasionally in Paul's writings, he mentions “the church in thy house.” This book is a great help in understanding the background to this phenomena, and is helpful in its explanation of what it means ... Read full review

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One of the problems with Higher Criticism is that the writer can end up fooling himself, by removing the parts of the Bible that cause more and deeper study, and simply stating, "I don't think that ... Read full review


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Robert Banks (Ph.D., University of Cambridge), director and dean of Macquarie Christian Studies Institute in Sydney, Australia, is the author of many books, including Redeeming the Routines. Bernice M. Ledbetter (Ed.D., Pepperdine University), former director of the De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Theological Seminary, is adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University and principal of Ledbetter Consulting Group.

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