Concordia Theological Monthly

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early church, new testament, christianity, st. paul, alexandria, antioch, eduard, missionaries, rome

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The period of history from the Resurrection to the oldest document in the New Testament is in many ways the darkest in the history of the church. No document in the New Testament antedates the year 50, the generally agreed-on date for 1 Thessalonians. Even if we would date Galatians early, say A. D. 48/49 on the South Galatian hypothesis, we would push our knowledge back only a year and a half. The only other possible candidate for an earlier date is the Epistle of James, placed by a minority of scholars at a time prior to the Pauline Gentile mission. There are thus about 20 years for which we have no primary documentation.


History of Christianity

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1 Corinthians 15:5; Acts 7:56; 1 Corinthians 11:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-9; 1 Peter 1:13-22; 1 Peter 2:1-2; James 1:21; Colossians 3:8-4:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6; Mark 14:36; Colossians 3:3;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars