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The Earliest Christian Meeting Places
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Introduction Part One: Evidence for Houses as Meeting Places 1. New Testament Evidence: Epistles 2. New Testament Evidence: Gospels and Acts 3. Literary Evidence from 100 to 313CE 4. Archaeological Evidence 5. Comparative Evidence Part Two: Evidence and Possibilities for Non-House Meeting Places 6. Retail, Industrial and Storage Spaces 7. Commercial Hospitality and Leisure Spaces 8. Outdoor Spaces and Burial Places Conclusion Appendix: The Setting of the Corinthian Communal Meal

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Edward Adams examines the evidence surrounding house churches in Early Christianity.

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Edward Adams is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at King's College London, UK. He is also the author of 'Constructing the World: A Study in Paul's Cosmological Language' (2000, T&T Clark) and has co-authored 'Christianity at Corinth: The Quest for the Pauline Church'.

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Adams explores Christian meeting venues from the earliest period to 313 CE ... These chapters provide a wealth of information not only from early Christian literature, but also from other ancient literary, papyrological, and archaeological material that clarify the role of these venues in ancient urban and rural society ... It is essential reading for students and scholars of the social history of early Christianity. This volume is highly recommended. * Religious Studies Review *
In this stimulating and rich monograph, Eddie Adams challenges the widespread consensus that, in the first two centuries of the movement ... Christians met almost exclusively in houses for their communal meetings. ... Scholars interested in the social and spatial contexts of early Christian meetings will consult this book with much profit. * The Expository Times *

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