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

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


By (author) Wayne A. Meeks

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 22mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300098618
  • ISBN 13: 9780300098617
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: bibliog references, index
  • Sales rank: 128,813

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In this classic work, Wayne Meeks analyses 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 last two decades of the 20th century, including developments in fields such as archaeology and social history.

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Author information

Wayne A. Meeks is the Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. He is also the author of The Origins of Christian Morality (ISBN 0 300 06513 2, pb. [pound]10.95), and In Search of the Early Christians (ISBN 0 300 09142 7, [pound]25.00), both published by Yale University Press.

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"A much-needed authoritative study." J. L. Houlden, Times Literary Supplement "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