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Conclusion to Part I

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In the second book of the Republic, Plato writes a few paragraphs on the place of trade and merchandising in society. His use of “diakonia” and its cognate words there is examined here in itself and ... More


The Church as God’s Avant-Garde

Harvey Cox

in The Secular City: Secularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691158853
eISBN:
9781400848850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691158853.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the three elements of the church's task as avant-garde—kerygma, diakonia, and koinonia—and how they work out in a typical urban setting. The word kerygma means “message.” The ... More


Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

John N Collins

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This is the first comprehensive study of the Greek word “diakonia”, from which the word “deacon” is derived. Diakonia and its cognates appear frequently throughout the New Testament, but its precise ... More


Spokesmen and Emissaries of Heaven

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The preceding chapter illustrated that a substantial part of Christian usage relates to the passing on of revelation and in so doing conforms to the general usage where the cognate words for ... More


Emissaries in the Church

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

We have been looking at the cognate words for “diakonia” as designations for missions and for roles within missions beyond the confines of early Christian communities. The same words also signify ... More


Commissions under God, Church, and Spirit

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Christian literature has so far furnished no indication that Christians created a terminology for “diakonia” based on the cognates under study. One phrase in the prescript to Paul's letter to the ... More


Deacons

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In the gospels, the cognates for the word “diakonia” under discussion mainly designate menial attendance of one kind or another. The parable of the royal marriage feast includes “table ... More


The Gospels

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter examines whether “diakonia” is a suitable designation for the churches' responsibility to redeem the oppressed and the dispossessed. Related to that by reason of today's prevailing view ... More


The Latter-Day Servant Church

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Interest in the Greek word “diakonia” is largely attributable to an earlier emphasis on linguistic research in the study of the Bible. Since the 1930s, the great mass of lexical information suddenly ... More


The Servant Son of Man

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

How confident can we be that the modern notion called “diakonia” corresponds to a notion entertained by early Christians? The best way to approach this question is to go to the only point in the ... More


The Early Servant Church

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

If the instance already discussed in Mark bears but dubious testimony to the existence among early Christians of the modern notion of “diakonia”—and leaves us with an intriguing problem of ... More


The Go-Between

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In a familiar phrase, Luke speaks of “the ministry of the word”. The term “word”, which means so much to the Christian church, has made the phrase memorable, but was an emphasis on “word” Luke's main ... More


Word

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In a much more confined ambit—and with fewer stories to tell, although with one or two longish ones, beginning with an alluring tale about Hermes—we now move into the field of “deed”, where we ... More


Deed

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Finally, we come to the cognate words of “diakonia” as they apply to menial duties. This chapter reports instances of people, usually slaves, doing things for other people around their houses and ... More


House and Table

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Stephanus raises the question whether our cognate words for “diakonia” are ever technical terms for officebearers and their functions in diplomacy between states. This book's earlier survey of the ... More


A Question of Diplomacy

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Papyri of the century or two either side of the first century of the Christian era turn out to be a disappointment if we approach them thinking they will provide down-to-earth illustrations of how ... More


In the Language of the Papyri

John N. Collins

in Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396027
eISBN:
9780199852383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Paul provides the earliest and most ample evidence of our cognate words for “diakonia” among the first Christian writers, and the statements in which the words occur are made largely in the course of ... More


A Theological Reading of the Lithuanian Church during the Soviet Period: Martyria, Koinonia, Diakonia, and Leiturgia

Vidmantas Šimkunas

in Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823267309
eISBN:
9780823272334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Catholic Church is an historical and a spiritual reality. As such, complete understanding of the Church’s experience over time must include a theological interpretation. Šimkunas explores the ... More


Fitting Lay Ministries into a Theology of Ministry

John N. Collins

in Diakonia Studies: Critical Issues in Ministry

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199367573
eISBN:
9780199384617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367573.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Theology, History of Christianity

Widespread participation of laity in the mission of the church after the Second Vatican Council continues to provoke attempts to produce a theological framework supporting these initiatives without ... More


Diakonia Studies: Critical Issues in Ministry

John N. Collins

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199367573
eISBN:
9780199384617
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367573.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, History of Christianity

In these papers of the last twenty years, John N. Collins rounds out his engagement with issues stemming from his initial research of the 1970s into the nature of early Christian ministry. The first ... More


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