Early Christian Communities Between
Ideal & Reality

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament No. 342


Edited by: Mark Grundeken & Joseph Verheyden
April 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161526701
242 Pages
$162.50 Hardcover


The authors of this volume explore the notion of community as reflected upon in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. Various aspects are dealt with, including concerns for organising the community, developing a sacramental and liturgical praxis, constructing identity against outsiders, spreading the Christian message, and building towards a better community. The interplay between ideal and reality in the sources offers some reliable information about day-to-day concerns and concrete situations in Christian communities from the end of the first century up to about 150 CE.