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Bibil Identifier bibil:221070
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 1 Clement’s View of Ministerial Appointments in the Early Church
Author Moriarty, W.
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 66, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 115-138 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The document known as the First Epistle of Clement, probably written towards the end of the first century, provides some of the scant available documentary evidence about the early development of the Christian ministry. It contains an outline history of the passing down of authority, but the relevant part of the Greek text has ambiguities which have led various scholars to propose five broadly different views, or interpretations, of Clement’s intended meaning. These were examined in relation to Clement’s purpose, an approach which relied primarily on evidence internal to the epistle, and had not been considered in detail before. Only one of the five views was found to make Clement’s argument reasonably consistent with his aims, and this view also made his lack of clarity understandable. Thus Clement’s intended message in the ambiguous section was that the first local church leaders were appointed by the apostles, and when some of these local leaders died, replacement appointments were made by people who had been given the authority to do so from outside the local church.
DOI 10.1163/157007211X586142
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Apostolic Fathers : Letters of Clement : 1 Clement
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Ministry
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Apostolic Succession
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