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Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers
First-Century Christians in the Greco-Roman World Series

Andrew D. Clarke

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Format: Paperback, 314pp.
ISBN: 0802841821
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: March 2000

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This new six-volume series (First-Century Christians in the Graeco-Roman World), which gathers contributors who are specialists in the intersection of the New Testament with the Graeco-Roman world, seeks for the first time to describe systematically the challenges, difficulties, and necessary adjustments involved in being a Christian in first-century Graeco-Roman society.

This volume explores the nature of leadership in the Christian community, especially as it was variously taught by Paul and practiced in the congregations of the first century.

Exploring valuable ancient source material as well as the New Testament texts, Andrew Clarke describes the theories and practices of organization and leadership in key areas of first-century society—the city, the colony, associations, Jewish synagogues, the family—and discuss


This is a welcome addition to an excellent series.... As a whole it is an excellent contribution to the study of Paul's leadership, and it has strong ecumenical implications, since its best chapters are those dedicated to leadership in Jewish synagogues and to Pauline ministry within the Christian community. Clarke's book can be highly recommended for courses on Pauline literature and ecclesiology.
—Theological Studies

The main sections of the book are an excellent and accessible summary of a great deal of complex material, ranging from the place of the father in the Graeco-Roman household, the origin and functioning of the synagogue and the exercise of leadership (as then understood) by local leaders in the Pauline churches…. This is an important study and a shot across the bows of those who want to push the importance of ‘leadership’ in today’s Christian communities.
—Theology (UK)


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Andrew D. Clarke is Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Part 1: Leadership in Graeco-Roman Society
Chapter 2: Leadership in the Graeco-Roman City
Chapter 3: Leadership in the Roman Colony and City
Chapter 4: Leadership in the Voluntary Associations
Chapter 5: Leadership in the Family and Household
Chapter 6: Leadership in the Jewish Synagogues
Part II: Leadership in the Christian Community
Chapter 7: Leadership Models for the Christian Community
Chapter 8: Secular Leadership in the Christian Community
Chapter 9: Pauline Ministry in the Christian Community
Chapter 10: Conclusions

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