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The earliest Christian meeting places : almost exclusively houses?

Author: Edward Adams
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
Series: Library of New Testament studies., Early Christianity in context.; Library of New Testament studies, 450.; T & T Clark library of biblical studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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"Edward Adams challenges a strong consensus in New Testament and Early Christian studies: that the early Christians met 'almost exclusively' in houses. This assumption has been foundational for research on the social formation of the early churches, the origins and early development of church architecture, and early Christian worship. Recent years have witnessed increased scholarly interest in the early 'house  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Adams
ISBN: 9780567663146 0567663140
OCLC Number: 929031670
Description: xviii, 263 pages : illustrations, plans ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Evidence for houses as meeting places. New Testament evidence : Epistles ; New Testament evidence : Gospels and Acts ; Literary evidence from 100 to 313 CE ; Archaeological evidence ; Comparative evidence --
Part II. Evidence and possibilities for non-house meeting places. Retail, industrial and storage spaces ; Commercial hospitality and leisure space ; Outdoor spaces and burial places.
Series Title: Library of New Testament studies., Early Christianity in context.; Library of New Testament studies, 450.; T & T Clark library of biblical studies.
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"Edward Adams challenges a strong consensus in New Testament and Early Christian studies: that the early Christians met 'almost exclusively' in houses. This assumption has been foundational for research on the social formation of the early churches, the origins and early development of church architecture, and early Christian worship. Recent years have witnessed increased scholarly interest in the early 'house church'. Adams re-examines the New Testament and other literary data, as well as archaeological and comparative evidence, showing that explicit evidence for assembling in houses is not nearly as extensive as is usually thought. He also shows that there is literary and archaeological evidence for meeting in non-house settings. Adams makes the case that during the first two centuries, the alleged period of the 'house church', it is plausible to imagine the early Christians gathering in a range of venues rather than almost entirely in private houses. His thesis has wide-ranging implications."--Publisher's description.

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