Peter Olivi on the Community of the First Christians at Jerusalem

Peter Garnsey

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI:
Peter Olivi on the Community of the First Christians at Jerusalem

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Peter Olivi (1248–98) was a Franciscan theologian of distinction who advanced radical views on poverty and property, and a controversial prophetic vision of Church history, in a number of treatises and works of biblical exegesis. In his Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles he argued that the first Christians , in succession to the Apostles themselves (according to his reading of Jesus’ instructions to the Apostles and the Gospel narratives), bound themselves to a life of evangelical poverty in the search of perfection, renouncing all property privately and in common. In urging this difficult thesis, Olivi showed an impressive capacity for inventive, sustained, wide-ranging, and relatively unrhetorical exegesis.

Keywords: Peter Olivi; Franciscan; evangelical poverty; perfection; property; prophetic; church history; Acts; apostles; biblical exegesis

Chapter.  7234 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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