The Diffusion of Ecclesiastical Authority
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ISBN 10: 1-55635-575-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-575-2
Pages: 256
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: 07/17/2008
Street Date: 07/17/2008
Division: Pickwick Publications
Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
Category: Biblical studies
The Diffusion of Ecclesiastical Authority
Sociological Dimensions of Leadership in the Book of Acts
By Darin H. Land

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Book Description
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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