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’n Sosiaal-wetenskaplike ondersoek na die ‘amp’ van die ouderling in die Nuwe Testament

E. van Eck
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 47, No 3 | a2424 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v47i3.2424 | © 1991 E. van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1991 | Published: 10 January 1991

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Abstract

A social-scientific study of the ‘office’ of the elder in the New Testament
After discussing the state of the current debate concerning the ‘office’ of the elder is given, the author presents his own hypothesis, namely that the position of the ‘eld er’ in the New Testament must in the first place be seen as a paier familias. This hypothesis is based on two pillars: firstly on the fact that the Jesus-movement in the New Testament happened to exist as house churches, and secondly on the fact that the terms in the New Testament used to describe the pater familias are also used to describe the function of the ‘elder’.

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