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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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Paul, Delegate to Jerusalem

Paul, Delegate to Jerusalem

(p.139) 9 Paul, Delegate to Jerusalem
Diakonia Studies

John N. Collins

Oxford University Press

Paul devotes four segments of his correspondence to a collection of funds for the church in Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 16:1–4; 2 Corinthians 8; 9; Romans 15:25–29). The objective was not merely to provide support but also to demonstrate to authorities within the Jewish church that Paul’s evangelizing of Gentiles had opened them to good works, thus demonstrating their authenticity as churches. In addition the exercise demonstrates a sense of communion among the disparate churches, leading them to deliver the moneys in a joint delegation of which Paul forms a part. Some bible translations show a tendency to present the diakon- terms as Paul’s attempt to promote the collection as a “service to” a community in need, whereas Paul invokes the terms to designate the operation as a delegation. This ecclesial dimension has something to say to churches in a world of inequities today.

Keywords:   diakonia, ministry, service, the Collection, delegation, communion

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