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The Diffusion of Ecclesiastical Authority

Sociological Dimensions of Leadership in the Book of Acts

Princeton Theological Monograph Series

by Darin H. Land

Imprint: Pickwick Publications

256 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.51 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781556355752
  • Published: July 2008

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  • 9781630877156
  • Published: July 2008

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  • 9781498250634
  • Published: July 2008

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The Diffusion of Ecclesiastical Authority explores the leadership of the church in Acts from a sociological perspective. Two primary models emerge from a sociologically informed investigation of first-century Greco-Roman and Jewish religious leadership: "manager-leader" and "innovator-leader." An examination of seven passages in Acts reveals that the leaders of the early church, although initially conforming to cultural expectations, are best described as innovator-leaders whose counter-cultural actions resulted in the empowerment of new leaders and the advancement of the gospel. Through the use of fictive kinship language, the voluntary sharing of authority, the fostering of a sense of mutual dependence on God as the common patron, and the redefinition of what is honorable, the leaders in Acts consistently enabled others to share authority in the church.
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