Self-designations and Group Identity in the New Testament

Self-designations and Group Identity in the New Testament by Paul Trebilco epub pdf fb2

Title: Self-designations and Group Identity in the New Testament
Author: Paul Trebilco
ISBN10: 1107012996
ISBN13: 978-1107012998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 23, 2012)
Language: English
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
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Pages: 392 pages
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Self-designations and Group Identity in the New Testament by Paul Trebilco


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What terms would early Christians have used to address one another? In the first book-length study on this topic, Paul Trebilco investigates the origin, use and function of seven key self-designations: 'brothers and sisters', 'believers', 'saints', 'the assembly', 'disciples', 'the Way', and 'Christian'. In doing so, he discovers what they reveal about the identity, self-understanding and character of the early Christian movement. This study sheds light on the theology of particular New Testament authors and on the relationship of early Christian authors and communities to the Old Testament and to the wider context of the Greco-Roman world. Trebilco's writing is informed by other work in the area of sociolinguistics on the development of self-designations and labels and provides a fascinating insight into this often neglected topic.