Vigiliae Christianae 66 (2012) 115-138 brill.nl/vc Vi g i l i a e C h r i s t i a n a e © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012 DOI: 10.1163/157007211X586142 1 Clement’s View of Ministerial Appointments in the Early Church W. Moriarty 26 Horne Av., St. Leonards, Vic. 3223, Australia email@example.com Abstract The document known as the First Epistle of Clement, probably written towards the end of the first century, provides some of the scant available documentary evidence about the early development of the Christian ministry. It contains an outline history of the passing down of authority, but the relevant part of the Greek text has ambigui- ties which have led various scholars to propose five broadly different views, or interpre- tations, of Clement’s intended meaning. These were examined in relation to Clement’s purpose, an approach which relied primarily on evidence internal to the epistle, and had not been considered in detail before. Only one of the five views was found to make Clement’s argument reasonably consistent with his aims, and this view also made his lack of clarity understandable. Thus Clement’s intended message in the ambiguous section was that the first local church leaders were
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
Keywords: bishops; Early church ministry; presbyters; apostolic succession; History of ministry; 1 Clement
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