The Ministry of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church

Adrian Curtis

in Oxford Bible Atlas

Third edition

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780191001581
Published online April 2009 |
The Ministry of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church

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This chapter describes the settings of the ministry of Jesus and the early Church, with accompanying maps and photographs. The first three (synoptic) Gospels suggest that Jesus' ministry (prior to its final days in Jerusalem) was centred on Galilee, with Capernaum having a prominent place in the accounts. The activity of the apostles and the earliest Church was centred not in Galilee but in Jerusalem, where the disciples had initially remained after the death of Jesus. From there it began to spread outwards, as reflected in the words placed in the mouth of Jesus prior to the ascension that disciples are to be witnesses ‘in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1: 8 ).

Keywords: Jesus of Nazareth; ministry; Christian Church; Apostles; Jerusalem; Galilee; Capernaum

Chapter.  1150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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