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Clergy and Laity
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1. Historical Data

The NT laos (people) is the whole priestly people of the community of believers in Christ (Luke 1:17; 1 Pet. 2:10; Heb. 4:9). The term klēros (lot, Matt. 27:35) denotes the special ministry (Acts 1:17, 26, etc.) that is at work in and for this community according to God’s gracious gift (cf. 1 Cor. 12:4).

In the ministries of the early church, with the sometimes tense relation between charisma and office involving development from the f…

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Stein, Albert, “Clergy and Laity”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C973>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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