SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.64 issue2Syncretism in the church of Philippi author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422


ELLIOTT, John H. Elders as leaders in 1 Peter and the early Church. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2008, vol.64, n.2, pp.681-695. ISSN 2072-8050.

Addressing a hostile situation that called for courageous and exemplary leaders, the letter of 1 Peter employed in 5:1-5 a cluster of vocabulary and images (elders, overseers/exercise oversight, shepherds, flock) representing a growing coalescence of terms for leaders and their functions in the early Jesus movement. As one of the earliest witnesses to this constellation and its symbolization of community leaders as elders-pastors-overseers, the text of 1 Peter 5:1-5a deserves more attention than it has hitherto been accorded in the study of early Christian ministry and church order.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License