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I. New Testament – II. Church History – III. Dogmatics and Canon Law – IV. Missiology

I. New Testament

The NT contains no evidence of the episcopate in the traditional Catholic sense (a single bishop at the apex of a hierarchical clerical ministry functioning as head of a Christian community), but it does use the word ἐπίσκοπος (epískopos; the etymological source of bishop) for functionaries and officials exercising oversight in the community (Acts 20:…

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Schöllgen, Georg, Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter, Rees, Wilhelm, Plank, Peter, de Wall, Heinrich and Newbigin, Leslie, “Bishop”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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