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Really interesting, full of lots of information Presented as a thesis, tough, not a book you would just volunteer to read. I m not a theologian and so not really qualified to judge the literary value of the content some reviewers dispute Meeks assertions of authorship for some of the epistles, or lack of treatment of some relevant material and I can see why they might be concerned that he extrapolates too far from scanty material I have no idea However I found a great deal of this book extremely interesting and thought provoking It set the scene for me of the early church Yes a lot of it was technical disc I m not a theologian and so not really qualified to judge the literary value of the content some reviewers dispute Meeks assertions of authorship for some of the epistles, or lack of treatment of some relevant material and I can see why they might be concerned that he extrapolates too far from scanty material I have no idea However I found a great deal of this book extremely interesting and thought provoking It set the scene for me of the early church Yes a lot of it was technical discussions of the translations were simply beyond me But when the author tried hard to make it accessible, I thought he succeeded very well Its refreshing to read about every day life, and how many problems there must have been Paul must have been a strong willed even stroppy apostle, full of the Spirit but humanly exasperated at times.Can t give it 4 stars simply because it was hard going at times, but a very interesting read In the 1950 s there was a TV program called You Were There which re created historical events Meeks book is a You Were There experience Using sociological concepts the author gives a bird s eye view of the church in Roman cities and how they survived, interacted with their neighbours, differed from the Jerusalem James led church and how the Pauline theology evolved ultimately dominating the Roman Empire.The book is academic with hundred of footnotes and an excellent biography. Awesome book It is early 80 s So it doesn t seem that novel now, but it was a turning point in Pauline and biblical scholarship as he was one of the pioneers of the social critical approach It is a must read for anybody reading Paul.I was particularly fascinated his first chapter about urban life at the time. This was a ground breaking work in biblical sociology by one of the field s pioneers Thought provoking I started this book as part of my study of a Biblical sense of community Meeks writes to an audience of scholars yet is understandable to anyone who reads above a 7th grade reading level His scholarly insights help us understand the culture surrounding and within the early churches established by Paul in Urban Centers. Great quick read about the evidence from Pauline letters about what sort of communities Paul was in the business of forming their self understanding, social mobility, social class, etc. &EPUB ⇠ The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul ↯ What was it like to be an ordinary Christian in the beginning decades of the Roman Empire In this absorbing and authoritative book, Meeks analyzes the earliest extant documents of Christianity the letters of Paul to describe the tensions and the texture of life of the first urban Christians REVIEW AND CRITIQUE Meeks, Wayne A The First Urban Christians The Social World of the Apostle Paul New Haven Yale, 1983 In The First Urban Christians Meeks offered a ground breaking social history model of explaining the growth of the Pauline Christian movement, studying the sociological conditions urban lives, social classes, rituals and household conventions of the ordinary Pauline Christians in the Greco Roman environment The distinctive orientation of Meek s study is to describe th REVIEW AND CRITIQUE Meeks, Wayne A The First Urban Christians The Social World of the Apostle Paul New Haven Yale, 1983 In The First Urban Christians Meeks offered a ground breaking social history model of explaining the growth of the Pauline Christian movement, studying the sociological conditions urban lives, social classes, rituals and household conventions of the ordinary Pauline Christians in the Greco Roman environment The distinctive orientation of Meek s study is to describe the real life pattern of ordinary Christians instead of analyzing the vague ideas of culture and religion in the thoughts of the leaders and writers The picture of social history of the early Pauline Christians as reconstructed by Meek remains Hellenistic in orientation The resultant is not far from the common imagination of most interpreters of the Pauline writings the Pauline community is a very heterogeneous mixture of social statuses, typically meeting in household homes, using voluntary membership, having liturgy and rituals, etc The relatively peculiar suggestion of Meek is that he proposes the resolution of social status inconsistency as a way of explaining the extraordinary growth of the Pauline Christian movement Critiques Meek s work provides many interesting angles of probing the history of Pauline Christianity Though it is not directly treated in this work, the social aspect is indeed indispensable for our understanding of the broader context of Paul s life and theology On the other hand, Meek s ground breaking work has not rendered fruitful insights on our subject More researches are needed to make Meek s approach truly useful 1 The highly controversial issue of the relationship between social context and religious did not receive a full treatment in this work We need to use caution when somecomprehensive sociological paradigm e.g Marxism is introduced into the hermeneutic framework through the sociological angle 2 The available data suitable for sociological study of ancient history is very limited and often speculative We will need to be patient in awaitingarchaeological and anthropological data to become available for interesting sociological studies This book came highly rated, but honestly I found it a bit disappointing It s not simply that I don t share the author s opinions about the New Testament text, although that certainly contributed I happen to think Acts has actual historical value, and don t buy the notion that Ephesians, Colossians and the Pastorals are deutero Pauline Thus, I found much of Meeks analysis frustrating.Equally problematic is that in mutiple cases, Meeks made an assertion about Paul himself, and I could readi This book came highly rated, but honestly I found it a bit disappointing It s not simply that I don t share the author s opinions about the New Testament text, although that certainly contributed I happen to think Acts has actual historical value, and don t buy the notion that Ephesians, Colossians and the Pastorals are deutero Pauline Thus, I found much of Meeks analysis frustrating.Equally problematic is that in mutiple cases, Meeks made an assertion about Paul himself, and I could readily think of an instance in an uncontested Pauline letter that disproved the point including at times verses that elsewhere Meeks showed awareness of the text.Then too, I frankly found the writer a bit dry, which helps explain why it took me so long to come back and finish the book.All that said, Meeks knows his stuff and if you re willing to put up with the above, you ll probably find a good deal valuable in terms of how the various social realities of the time impinged upon the first century churches