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Bibil Identifier bibil:223573
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) ’Εϰϰλησία τοῦ θεοῦ: The ‘Church of God’ and the Civic Assemblies (ἐϰϰλησίαι) of the Greek Cities in the Roman Empire: A Response to Paul Trebilco and Richard A. Horsley
Author van Kooten, George H.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 58, Issue: 4)
Undefined link Why Did the Early Christians Call Themselves ἡ ἐκκλησία?
Undefined link Paul and Empire. Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 522-548 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this essay I take issue with Paul Trebilco's recent argument in this journal that the Christian self-designation of ἐϰϰλησία has a background in the Septuagint. I argue that its Graeco-Roman political meaning in the sense of ‘civic assembly’ was decisive in its adoption by Paul, and that Paul wished to portray his communities as alternative organizations existing alongside the civic assemblies. At the same time, however, I am critical of Richard Horsley's anti-imperialist understanding of the Pauline communities. Paul's contrast between two types of ἐϰϰλησία is an expression of his view on two types of πολίτευμα, a distinction which finds its background in the Stoic doctrine of dual citizenship. Through a sustained analysis of ἐϰϰλησία in the Hellenistic and Roman periods I show that, in many respects, the functioning of the Christian ἐϰϰλησία mirrors the operations of the civic assemblies.
DOI 10.1017/S002868851200015X
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ecclesiology
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Paul
Terms ἐκκλησία εκκλησια
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