Apostles and Bishops in Early Christianity


John F. Hall

About the Editor

John F. Hall

John F. Hall (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Classics and Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Editor's Preface
  • Overview
  • The Waxing and Waning of the "Consensus"
  • An Apostle Is Not the Same as a Bishop
  • When Bishops Became the Highest Officers in the Church
  • Seeing James as the Presiding Bishop of the Church
  • The Bishop as an Office in the Lower Priesthood
  • Dependence on Jewish Sources for Church Practices Relevant to the Bishop
  • The Jewish and Worldly Origins of the Office and Title of Bishop
  • Changes in the Office of Bishop
  • Roman Origin of a Divine Office?
  • The Importance of Each Bishop Becomes Tied to the Prominence of His City
  • The Fight for Power
  • In Search of a General Authority
  • The Glories (and Duties?) of a Bishop
  • Are the Council and the Synod the Apostolic Voice?
  • The Gospel of Bigness and Power
  • In Search of a Missing Link
  • Questions about the Account of the Ordination of Clement as a Bishop
  • Finding (or Not Finding) the Bishop (or Bishops) of Rome
  • Strife over the Elections of the Bishop of Rome
  • The Establishment of an Episcopal Hierarchy and College of Cardinals
  • The Roman Role and the Big Four
  • The Double Apostolate: Peter and Paul
  • Clement to the Corinthians—Proof of Roman Supremacy?
  • The Leading Role the Roman Church Did Not Play
  • Establishing a Connection with Peter—A Return to Matthew 16:18
  • Emperors, Popes, Synods, and Rome
  • Claims of Apostolic Succession
  • The Argument of Diffusion
  • Editors' Postscript
  • Index
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Early Christianity
  • Publication Year: 2004
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 1590383893
  • ISBN 13: 978-1590383896
  • Page Count: 254
  • Price: $ 29.95
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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