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Spokesmen and Emissaries of Heaven

John N. Collins

in Diakonia

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195396027
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852383 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0011
Spokesmen and Emissaries of Heaven

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The preceding chapter illustrated that a substantial part of Christian usage relates to the passing on of revelation and in so doing conforms to the general usage where the cognate words for “diakonia” appear in connection with message from the gods and with the notion of mediation. The present chapter examines usage relating to traveling in the name of a community or in the name of an evangelist. The abstract noun and the verb related to “diakonia” are prominent among terms used by Paul in discussing the collection for the poor in Jerusalem. The abstract noun occurs twice in Luke's account of the mission from Antioch to Jerusalem (Acts 11:27–30; 12:25). In the letter to Philemon from his prison, Paul writes warm words of commendation of Onesimus, the Christian slave he is sending back to Philemon, the rightful owner.

Keywords: Paul; diakonia; traveling; community; evangelist; collection; poor; Jerusalem; Antioch; Onesimus

Chapter.  12850 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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