Abendmahl und Ethik im frühesten Christentum bis auf Justin. Zugleich zu einer topographischen Analyse und Darstellung einer materialen frühchristlichen Ethik
Abstract:In this article a ,,topographical“ approach to the study of early Christian ethics is proposed, focusing not on individual authors or issues but on the various sites of Christian social interaction – of which the Eucharist is one. While the historical evidence is fragmentary, it is clear from a number of texts that the Eucharist is embedded in the wider context of Christian life and ethical engagement. In addition to occasional explicit statements associating the Eucharist with care for disadvantaged members of the community, the emphasis elsewhere on such topics as "unity" and "holiness" also have strong ethical implications.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2012
The journal is concerned with early Christianity as a historical phenomenon. Thereby, Early Christianity aims to overcome certain limitations which have hindered the development of the discipline, including the concept of the "New Testament" itself. The journal, then, is taken to cover not only the first Christian century but also the second.
This journal will not, however, give any special prominence to reception-history or to the second century. The total phenomenon called "early Christianity" comprises a kaleidoscopic range of individual phenomena, including communal structures, social norms, discursive practices, points of conflict, material remains, and much else – far more than just the production and reception of texts. This journal will strive to reflect this multiplicity of contexts, in the expectation of new light on our subject-matter from a variety of angles.
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