Paul's Idea of Community

Spirit and Culture in Early House Churches

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Releases: January 21, 2020
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Paul's Idea of Community explores the revolutionary nature, dynamics, and effects of the earliest Christian communities. This third edition has been fully revised throughout and includes a fictional narrative that depicts the life and times of the early church.

"For years I have required students in a seminary elective I teach to read two books: Paul's Idea of Community and Going to Church in the First Century--both by Robert Banks. Imagine my delight to find the two works in a single volume and to find it now updated to factor in more than twenty-five years of ensuing Pauline scholarship. When I encountered the first edition of the book decades ago, Paul's Idea of Community contributed significantly to my own pilgrimage as a scholar. All of us who are indebted to Banks's seminal work in Christian social history will welcome the third edition of this classic."
--Joe Hellerman, Talbot School of Theology

"Banks's book was transformational for students and scholars because of his insight into the house churches, the dynamics of community, and the roles of women in the early church. I have personally used this book with students for many years, and their responses have always been positive and enthusiastic. Banks's writing is even more relevant today because of prevalent restrictive interpretations of Scripture. This contemporary update enhances our understanding of Paul's letters and sheds light on the principles guiding ministry, equality, and leadership that are so necessary in today's world. I highly recommend this readable and challenging work."
--Helen Doohan, Gonzaga University (emerita)

"A classic just got even better! Banks asks how Paul's Christian communities were similar to other groups in the first-century world--and how and in what ways they were different. This new edition will ensure that Banks's highly valuable insights into these significant questions continue to help us all to understand the dynamics of Paul's Christian communities. And having Banks's wonderful narrative, Going to Church in the First Century, as part of the book is a great bonus too!"
--Paul Trebilco, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

"As a Korean translator who introduced the previous editions of the book to Korean readers, I am thrilled by this updated fortieth-anniversary edition. I hope it will bring inspiration and joy to readers around the world."
--Dongsoo Chang, Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary

Contributors

Robert J. Banks, Author

Robert J. Banks (PhD, University of Cambridge) has taught at various universities and theological colleges in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is honorary professor at Alphacrucis College in Sydney, Australia, and adjunct professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. He previously served as executive director of the De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Robert J. Banks, Author

Robert J. Banks (PhD, University of Cambridge) has taught at various universities and theological colleges in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is honorary professor at Alphacrucis College in Sydney, Australia, and adjunct professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. He previously served as executive director of the De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Robert Banks, Author