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Primitive Christian Community
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The primitive Christian community was the main church of NT days. Its center was the first organized group of adherents in Jerusalem (Disciples 2; New Testament Era, History of, 2.3 and 3). The most important non-NT source is the Antiquities of Flavius Josephus (ca. 37–ca. 100), specifically 20.200 and 18.63–64, if this so-called Testamentum Flavianum or parts of it are indeed authentic. Chronological data can …

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Lüdemann, Gerd, “Primitive Christian Community”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.146>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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