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Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources

John N Collins


This is the first comprehensive study of the Greek word “diakonia”, from which the word “deacon” is derived. Diakonia and its cognates appear frequently throughout the New Testament, but its precise meaning has long been disputed. Today, it is usually translated as “service” or “ministry”. As this book shows, this understanding of diakonia has been important to the development of a modern consensus about the nature of Christian ministry. Based on the understanding that diakonia is “service” and that the diakonos (deacon) is a “servant”, nearly all Christian bodies today agree that the central ... More

Keywords: diakonia, deacon, service, ministry, Christian, servant, church, messenger, emissary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195396027
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John N Collins, author
Loreto Mandeville Hall, Melbourne