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What's the Church? maybe extra importantly, what's it intended to be? How did its earliest contributors comprehend this physique of which they'd develop into a part?This is a textbook choice of fifteen essays via a global team of recent testomony specialists. The

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Hengel , Studies i n Early Christology. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark. 227-91 . Horbury, W . 1995 . 'Th e Christia n Us e an d th e Jewis h Origin s o f th e Wisdom o f Solomon' . I n J . Day , R . P . Gordon an d H . G . M . ) , Wisdom i n Ancient Israel. Cambridge : Cambridg e University Press. 182-96. Horbury, W. 1996. 'Land, Sanctuary and Worship'. In J. P. M. Sweet and J. M . G . ), Early Christian Thought i n it s Jewish Setting. Cambridge: Cambridg e Universit y Press. 207-24. Horbury, W . 19973 .

10-1 7 'the disciples' ar e to b e pastors of 1 Peter was a problem for the Paulines. Some Christians at Corinth said they were 'of Cephas', so seeing him as leader of the opposition t o the Pauline movement; but the n historically he had been Jesus' senior apostle, and n o Christian could b e against him. Hence Mark' s ambivalenc e towards him - som e friendly traditions , some hostility whereas Mark has no good wor d for Jesus' family . The tensio n is even worse in John. e. Rome); and so to Papias, and the tale of Mark s transcribing Peter's sermons .

Paul give s tw o list s o f th e gift s o f th e Spiri t i n i Co r 12 , firs t th e Corinthians' lis t i n verse s 8—10 , an d the n hi s ow n list , wit h suitabl e changes o f substanc e an d order , i n verse s 27f : bu t bot h list s specif y miracles and gifts of healing, and Matthew is with him here, too. 8) . I t i s difficult t o think that othe r churc h leader s of the second generatio n di d not hav e the sam e difficult y a s Paul i n performin g impressive healings. No doub t suc h marvel s wer e experience d i n th e head y charismati c excitement o f th e 305 , bu t th e evangelist , lik e th e apostle , seem s t o b e making terms with a soberer reality.

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