Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Testament Ecclesiology - Updated

Chris Tilling requests some books on New Testament ecclesiology, here are some of the ones that I have found informative and helpful.

M. Bockmuehl and M. B. Thompson, A Vision for the Church: Studies in Early Christian Ecclesiology (T & T Clark, 1997)
J. T. Burtchaell, From Synagogue to Church: Public Services and Offices in the Earliest Christian Communities (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
R. W. Gehring, House Church and Mission: The Importance of Household Structures in Early Christianity (Hendrickson, 2004)
L. T. Johnson “Paul’s Ecclesiology” in The Cambridge Companion to Paul ed. J. D. G. Dunn (Cambridge, 2003)
R. Longenecker ed., Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today (Hendrickson, 2002)
L. W. Hurtado, At the Origins of Christian Worship (Paternoster Press, 1999)
L. W. Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Eerdmans, 2003)
R. Banks, Paul’s Idea of Community (Hendrickson, 1994)
P. F. Bradshaw, The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and methods for the Study of Early Liturgy (SPCK, 2002)
J. L. Houlden, The Public Face of the Gospel: New Testament Ideas of the Church (SCM, 1997)
R. P. Martin, Worship in the Early Church (Eerdmans, 1975)
R. P. Martin, The Spirit and the Congregation: Studies in 1 Corinthians 12–14 (Eerdmans, 1984)
R. P. Martin, “Patterns of Worship in New Testament Churches,” JSNT 37 (1989) 59–85
K. E. Brower and A. Johnson eds. Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2007)
M. Hengel, “The Song About Christ in Earliest Worship” in Studies in Early Christology (T & T Clark, 1995)
M. J. Wilkins and T. Paige eds. Worship, Theology and Ministry in the Early Church, (Sheffield Academic Press, 1992)
C. F. D. Moule, Worship in the New Testament (John Knox Press, 1961)
A. Cabaniss, Pattern in Early Christian Worship (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1989)
G. K. Beale, The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A biblical theology of the dwelling place of God (IVP, 2004)
P. Bolt and M. Thompson eds. The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul’s Mission (Apollos, 200)
M. Green, Evangelism in the Early Church (Hodder and Stoughton, 1973)
D. J. Bosch, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (Orbis, 1991)
Andrew D. Clarke, Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers (Eerdmans Publishing, 2000)
R. H. Williams, Stewards, Prophets, Keepers of the Word: Leadership in the Early Church (Hendrickson, 2006)
J. D. G. Dunn's The Theology of Paul the Apostle (Eerdmans, 1998) also contains a useful chapter.
Obviously we would here need to decide if our quest is to understand the historical structures and features of "church" in the New Testament, or whether we are looking for a conceptual and theological understanding of the Church.
According to Mike Bird, Markus Bockmuehl has an interesting chapter in the recently released Scripture's Doctrine and Theology's Bible: How the New Testament Shapes Christian Dogmatics eds. Markus Bockmuehl & Alan J. Torrance (Baker, 2008).
These are good entry points into the discussion of NT ecclesiology.

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