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How much do we really know about the lives of early Christ followers?

Carolyn Osiek
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a841 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.841 | © 2011 Carolyn Osiek | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Carolyn Osiek, Department New Testament, Brite Divinity School, United States Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, United States


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Abstract

We know very little about the everyday life of Christ believers in the first years. What can be extrapolated from other ancient sources must be combined with the minimal evidence from Christian sources. The two major rituals, baptism and Eucharist, may have been celebrated quite differently than we imagine. The lives of families must be seen as context for these celebrations.

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Family; early church; house churches

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