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A review of current research on group formation in early Christianity

Eugene J. Botha
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 52, No 2/3 | a1498 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v52i2/3.1498 | © 1996 Eugene J. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 1996 | Published: 12 December 1996

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Eugene J. Botha, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

In this paper an attempt is made to gain a picture of the earliest stages of the Christian movement subsequent to Jesus' public ministry. Observations about methodological matters are made and this is followed by a brief discussion of a possible scenario regarding the earliest Christian groups. Some suggestions are also made with regard to the utilization of other disciplines such as social science methodology (with special reference to small group theories and sociolinguistics) which could be extremely helpful in obtaining a clearer picture of the earliest stages of the Christian movement

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