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Blog Recommendations / Re: What's new on your blog? #2
« Last post by Marg on January 27, 2015, 01:54:14 PM »
I have two new articles posted on my website.

The first one is about the kandakes of Kush, also known as the queens of Ethiopia (cf Acts 8:27).
http://newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/queen-candace-of-the-ethiopians/


The other one is about 1 Corinthians 11:9.  The misinterpretation of this verses really irritates me.
http://newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/1-corinthians-11_9-in-a-nutshell/
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General Book Reviews / Re: Newish Translation of Eusebius's Church History
« Last post by Marg on January 19, 2015, 10:42:22 PM »
I wrote a brief review of the newer translations of Eusebius's Church History in case anyone is interested.

http://newlife.id.au/church-history/a-newer-translation-of-eusebiuss-church-history/
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Blog Recommendations / Re: What's new on your blog? #2
« Last post by Marg on January 17, 2015, 01:22:47 AM »
Hi ME, I'm just seeing your comment now.

It is my pleasure.   :flowers:
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Blog Recommendations / Re: What's new on your blog? #2
« Last post by MEteacher on January 07, 2015, 02:18:34 AM »
Marg,

Thanks so much for all the many resources on your blog, and for letting us know about them.  It's been a huge help to me!

-me
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Blog Recommendations / Re: What's new on your blog? #2
« Last post by Marg on January 07, 2015, 12:27:03 AM »
I've just posted a new, short post on 1 Corinthians 7:4.

http://newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/1-corinthians-74-in-a-nutshell/
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General Book Reviews / Re: Newish Translation of Eusebius's Church History
« Last post by Marg on January 05, 2015, 08:50:34 PM »
Sounds like an interesting book, Dan.  I think it is a subject that I need to look into more.
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General Book Reviews / Re: Newish Translation of Eusebius's Church History
« Last post by Dan on January 05, 2015, 03:26:20 PM »
The historical reality of the episcopate is one reason I converted to Roman Catholicism. I think the Titus passage that you cite is the strongest evidence in the NT for an episcopate. However, unlike some Catholics, I believe that the church can function legitimately without an episcopate. If you are interested in reading more about these issues, I strongly recommend From Apostles to Bishops: The Development of the Episcopacy in the Early Church by Francis Sullivan, SJ. Note that the author is a Catholic priest and theologian, but one who is very objective in his approach.
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General Book Reviews / Re: Newish Translation of Eusebius's Church History
« Last post by Marg on January 04, 2015, 09:52:50 PM »
I picked up a book today from the library which is a collection of essays by respected scholar Henry Chadwick. 

Two essays caught my attention.  One essay is about the overblown rhetoric of both Gnostics and Orthodox Christians when criticizing the other.  He says both groups of Christians were known for their excesses in sexual liberties and extreme asceticism, and at least some Gnostic groups may have been fairly respectable.  The other chapter is on the role of bishops in the second--fourth century church.  He writes about the importance of bishops being ordained by the laying on of hands of other bishops (preferably three cf mat 18:20) from neighboring churches as "proof" of a legitimate ordination.

Pretty quickly the idea became established that you could have only one bishop per town.  But city bishops had greater powers than country town bishops, even though most cities were small compared with cities today.  It was considered that city bishops succeeded from the apostle, whereas country bishops succeeded from the seventy.  After Nicea, even more power was given to bishops of metropolitan centers, and other bishops lost a few powers and privileges.

Anyway (except for the Gnostic bit), all this to say that Titus (Tit. 1:5) seems to have been given a job which constituted the exercise of considerable authority.  I'd never thought of that before.  The idea that Timothy appointed elders/overseers is less clear in the Scriptures.
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General Book Reviews / Re: Newish Translation of Eusebius's Church History
« Last post by Dan on January 04, 2015, 04:11:33 AM »
Catholics as well as many other groups still run with the concept of apostolic succession, although sometimes they disagree over whose claim to succession is the right one!  ;D

Reading Tertullian's remarks, it almost sounds as if he is describing a contemporary evangelical or charismatic church. I'm glad that in the modern era different churches and congregations have learned to be charitable towards one another-- firm in their convictions, mind you--but charitable.
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General Book Reviews / Re: Newish Translation of Eusebius's Church History
« Last post by Marg on January 03, 2015, 08:39:04 PM »
Interesting thought, Dan.  I'd never thought about it that way, although I'm not sure if "offices" is the correct word despite the KJV of 1 Tim 3:1.

Also, conversely, the recognised church hierarchy didn't accept the Gnostic congregations and other less heretical Christian churches.

Eusebius takes pains to state the apostolic succession of the bishops.  A concept that Roman Catholics still run with.  It seems that any congregation that was not under the umbrella of a duly appointed bishop was considered, rightly or wrongly, heterodox.

I like this quote from Tertullian (who later became a Montanist) about groups who were considered heretical.

The very women of these heretics, how wanton they are! For they are bold enough to teach, to dispute, to enact exorcisms, to undertake cures— it maybe even to baptize. . . today one man [or, person] is their bishop (episkopi), tomorrow another; today he is a deacon (diaconi) who tomorrow is a reader (lectores); today he is an elder (presbyteri) who tomorrow is a layman. For even on laymen do they impose the functions of priesthood.”
Tertullian “The Prescription against Heretics”, chapter 41, http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0311.htm
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