Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Leiden University, 2009.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -321) and indexes.
Introduction -- The origin of the weekly gathering in the early church -- The gatherings of Christians in the morning -- The Lord's Supper in the early church -- The reading of Scripture in the gathering of the early church -- Preaching in the gathering of the early church -- Singing and prayer in the gathering of the early church -- Other ritual actions in the gatherings of the early church -- General conclusions.
Using recent insights into the nature of early Christian communities as religious associations, this book offers a new reconstruction of the origins and development of the weekly Christian gathering and its constitutive elements; based on an analysis of all available evidence from the first three centuries.
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