By Harry O. Maier
Focussing on 3 first- and early-second-century files (the Shepherd of Hermas, 1 Clement and the Ignatian epistles), this paintings contributes to a starting to be physique of literature desirous about the social environment of early Christianity. Maier argues that the advance of constructions of management within the early Christian church is healthier accounted for by way of connection with the hospitality, patronage, and management of rich hosts who invited neighborhood Christian teams to satisfy of their houses. Sociological types and kinds are hired to investigate the tensions that arose from excesses of patronage and management through the well-to-do.
spotting the socio-economic atmosphere of those conflicts corrects the translation of early Christian conflicts over the ministry as simply theological and doctrinali.