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Diakonia StudiesCritical Issues in Ministry$
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John N. Collins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367573.001.0001

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Re-interpreting Diakonia in Germany: Anni Hentschel’s Diakonia im Neuen Testament

Re-interpreting Diakonia in Germany: Anni Hentschel’s Diakonia im Neuen Testament

(p.21) 2 Re-interpreting Diakonia in Germany: Anni Hentschel’s Diakonia im Neuen Testament
Diakonia Studies

John N. Collins

Oxford University Press

Anni Hentschel developed her 2007 semantic study on diakonia with a view to clarifying the role of early Christian women. In discarding the understanding of diakonia as lowly service of a specifically Christian character, Hentschel was at odds with deeply rooted German convictions about Diakonie. Her study opens with a ninety-page survey of twentieth-century semantic studies. Drawing upon insights arising from these, she examines Paul’s usage in connection with proclamation; usage in Luke–Acts; and, more summarily, usage in Deutero-Pauline and early non-canonical writings. Hentschel’s close accord with Collins in regard to Mark 10:45 and Luke 22:27 marks a significant scholarly juncture with implications for exegesis and ecclesiology. The review concludes with discussion of differences between Hentschel and Collins in regard to Luke 10:38, Acts 6:1–6, Philippians 1:1, and Ephesians 4:12. An additional note to the chapter outlines ecclesiological implications in Hentschel’s 2013 book (translated). Community, Offices, Ministries.

Keywords:   diakonia, Diakonie, interpretation, service, church office

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