Date of Award
Master of Divinity (M.Div)
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
1 Corinthians 10:17; 1 Corinthians 10:18; 1 Corinthians 11:20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 11:28-29; 1 Timothy 5:22; Acts 2:42; John 4:47-54; Matthew 28:20,22; Romans 16:17;
The scope of-this study, rather, is to see where the Lutheran church has stood on the practice, as well as its reasons for standing where it has. Within these limits, furthermore, no claim is laid to the comprehensiveness of the treatment. The material presented is selective. The excursion into the practice of the early church was included for two reasons. First, the study Eucharist and Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries by Werner Elert indicates that the practice of closed communion was maintained in the early church for some of the same reasons it was practiced among Lutherans. Secondly, the Lutheran Church claims to be the rightful heir of the true apostolic church. As such, the practice of the early church would by definition be part of this study.
Bartelt, Stephen, "Close Communion" (1970). Master of Divinity Thesis. 65.
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