Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries

Bart Koet (Editor), Edwina Murphy (Editor), Esko Ryökäs (Editor)

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In German-speaking countries, the role of the diaconate has been strongly influenced by nineteenth-century ideas of diakonia as service towards the poor. As important as the social initiatives stemming from this perspective have been, in order to correctly understand deacons and diakonia in the early church, we must go back to the sources. For this volume, focused on the first two centuries of Christianity, scholars from a range of backgrounds consider the use of diakonos and related words in the New Testament and extra-biblical sources, both Christian and otherwise. These texts reveal what deacons actually did, helping us to understand the past and giving guidance for the present, particularly in ecumenical discussions concerning the ministry.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages327
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-3-16-156647-9
ISBN (Print) ISBN 978-3-16-156646-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

Publication series

PublisherMohr Siebeck
ISSN (Print)0340-9570
ISSN (Electronic)0340-9570


  • history
  • leadership
  • early christianity
  • deacons
  • diakonia
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Graeco-Roman Background
  • connecting leadership


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