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The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul

by Wayne A. Meeks

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In this classic work, Wayne A. Meeks analyzes the earliest extant documents of Christianity--the letters of Paul--to describe the tensions and the texture of life of the first urban Christians. In a new introduction, he describes the evolution of the field of New Testament scholarship over the past twenty years, including new developments in fields such as archaeology and social history. Praise for the earlier edition: "Many readers are likely to join me in feeling that they have never been so close to their mixed and mixed-up spiritual ancestors as Meeks helps them to be. For those who are open to the possibility that they can find fresh angles on the familiar, this book is not only recommended; it is urged."--Martin E. Marty, Christian Century "A much-needed authoritative study."--J. L. Houlden, Times Literary Supplement "Those with any historical bent will be intrigued by the way a story usually overlaid with thick layers of theological speculation is unraveled. . . . And those who simply have an interest in how groups form in any era . . . will be fascinated by this case study of one particular community that has ramifications for understanding all other communities."--Robert McAfee Brown, New York Times Book Review   "Should fascinate any reader with an interest in the history of human thought."--Phoebe-Lou Adams, Atlantic Monthly… (more)
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  saintmarysaccden | Apr 16, 2013 |
Regarded by many as the best sociological study of Paul's churches. Treats all of the most important issues: Paul's urban missionary strategy; the social level of the Pauline churches; the formation of the church and its relation to society; church governance; the role of ritual; and patterns of belief and life. Excellent prosopography. Contains lengthy bibliography. ( )
  ejwood | Jul 1, 2010 |
This is a model of good scholarship. Meeks seeks to look at the social dimension of Paul's communities by careful reading of the text and judicious use of a variety of sociological models and theories. He neither tries to claim too much, nor tries to reduce everything to sociology, as can occasionally happen. He draws also on the work of earlier authors who have attempted the same tasks, correcting them where he deems necessary.

The scholarship is imense, as witnessed by the extensive endnotes (45 pages) and bibliography (40 pages) and there are several indices ( )
  TonyMilner | Mar 20, 2009 |
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In this classic work, Wayne A. Meeks analyzes the earliest extant documents of Christianity--the letters of Paul--to describe the tensions and the texture of life of the first urban Christians. In a new introduction, he describes the evolution of the field of New Testament scholarship over the past twenty years, including new developments in fields such as archaeology and social history. Praise for the earlier edition: "Many readers are likely to join me in feeling that they have never been so close to their mixed and mixed-up spiritual ancestors as Meeks helps them to be. For those who are open to the possibility that they can find fresh angles on the familiar, this book is not only recommended; it is urged."--Martin E. Marty, Christian Century "A much-needed authoritative study."--J. L. Houlden, Times Literary Supplement "Those with any historical bent will be intrigued by the way a story usually overlaid with thick layers of theological speculation is unraveled. . . . And those who simply have an interest in how groups form in any era . . . will be fascinated by this case study of one particular community that has ramifications for understanding all other communities."--Robert McAfee Brown, New York Times Book Review   "Should fascinate any reader with an interest in the history of human thought."--Phoebe-Lou Adams, Atlantic Monthly

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Yale University Press

2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300032447, 0300098618

 

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