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The Connection Between Space, Place and the First Corinthian House Church

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Alisha Paddock

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This paper explores connections between the space first century families occupied and the early Christian phenomenon of ‘house churches’ which met in that pace. Since houses were common spaces of worship for first century believers, it is not surprising they are referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles. The Apostle Paul frequently used household and familial terms to characterize first-century Christians and the first extant letter to the Corinthians is no exception. This article argues that houses were ideal places to worship in the first century. In I Corinthians, Paul draws connections between first century Greco-Roman and Jewish familial roles with the roles of believers in worship. But how did this work? How did this space that belonged to a particular family become a place of worship for the Family of God? This paper will investigate the connection between space, place and sacred space/place. It will also explore the connection in I Corinthians between familial roles and roles in worship, which, I argue, differentiate insiders from outsiders.

How to Cite: Paddock, A., 2016. The Connection Between Space, Place and the First Corinthian House Church. SHARE: Studies In History, Archaeology, Religion And Conservation, 3(1), pp.28–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2016.10074
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Published on 12 Jul 2016.
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