What phrases may early Christians have used to deal with each other? within the first book-length research in this subject, Paul Trebilco investigates the starting place, use and serve as of 7 key self-designations: 'brothers and sisters', 'believers', 'saints', 'the assembly', 'disciples', 'the Way', and 'Christian'. In doing so, he discovers what they display concerning the id, self-understanding and personality of the early Christian circulate. This learn sheds mild at the theology of specific New testomony authors and at the courting of early Christian authors and groups to the outdated testomony and to the broader context of the Greco-Roman global. Trebilco's writing is educated through different paintings within the sector of sociolinguistics at the improvement of self-designations and labels and gives a desirable perception into this usually overlooked subject.

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