By Paul Trebilco

What phrases could early Christians have used to handle each other? within the first book-length learn in this subject, Paul Trebilco investigates the beginning, use and serve as of 7 key self-designations: 'brothers and sisters', 'believers', 'saints', 'the assembly', 'disciples', 'the Way', and 'Christian'. In doing so, he discovers what they show concerning the id, self-understanding and personality of the early Christian flow. This examine sheds gentle at the theology of specific New testomony authors and at the dating of early Christian authors and groups to the outdated testomony and to the broader context of the Greco-Roman international. Trebilco's writing is proficient via different paintings within the sector of sociolinguistics at the improvement of self-designations and labels and offers a desirable perception into this usually missed topic.

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