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Community of Goods
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I. New Testament – II. History – III. Ethics

I. New Testament

The summary descriptions in Acts paint a picture of the first Christian community in Jerusalem in which the unanimity of the believers finds expression in the community of goods (2:44f.; 4:32–35). This community is depicted as free, not forced (5:4), and not egalitarian: The goods offered to the community were divided according to the needs of each individual (2:45; 4:35). The community of goods is only an element of the koinōnía of worship, prayer…

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Marguerat, Daniel, Schöllgen, Georg and Honecker, Martin, “Community of Goods”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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