Diakonia Studies: Critical Issues in Ministry

Hardcover | July 16, 2014

byJohn N. Collins

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Diakonia Studies closes Collins' groundbreaking account on 40 years of involvement in linguistic research and argumentation concerning the nature and functioning of Christian ministry.Dispute has ranged around the Greek term diakonia for 50 years. Once seen as enshrining the New Testament value of loving Christian service - what Murphy-O'Connor called "one of the dogmas of New Testament scholarship" - the word was exposed by Dieter Georgi in 1964 as arguably meaning somethingquite different. In 1974 John N. Collins published his first paper on the issue, pointing to inadequacies in Georgi's brief account, and in 1990 published his extensive semantic survey Diakonia: Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources.Collins' re-interpretation was variously hailed as "devastating," "provocative," "unfashionable," and "a scholarly avalanche whose conclusions are inescapable." Since the review by Hans-Jurgen Benedict in Germany in 2000, the book has been the center of "the Collins-Debate." Meanwhile, Collins'findings have been incorporated in the Danker Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.Studies in the second section rehearse in a non-technical way (i.e., without appeal to particulars of Greek) the reasons why theologians need to review not only cherished readings of leading New Testament passages but also reassess what some passages might really be saying about the nature anddelivery of ministry. These third millennium issues are the matter of the final papers, reminding churches of the ministry they have received and of their filed-away commitments to an ecumenically charged ministry. Discussion embraces ordained and lay ministries, the tension between office andcharism, and prospects for deacons when a diakonia of loving service no longer defines their call.

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Diakonia Studies closes Collins' groundbreaking account on 40 years of involvement in linguistic research and argumentation concerning the nature and functioning of Christian ministry.Dispute has ranged around the Greek term diakonia for 50 years. Once seen as enshrining the New Testament value of loving Christian service - what Murphy...

John N. Collins is Lector Emeritus at Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne, Australia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceStudies in diakoniaDiakonia from the nineteenth century to today1. From diakonia to diaconia today: historical aspects of interpretation2. Re-interpreting diakonia in Germany: Anni Hentschel's Diakonia im Neuen Testament3. The problem with values carried by diakonia / diakonie in recent church documentsDiakonia in the early church4. How ancient Greeks thought of diakonia5. Diakonia in the teaching of Jesus6. The mediatorial role of Paul as minister / diakonos7. Ministry as office8. Ministry among gifts9. Paul, delegate to Jerusalem10. The diakonia of the SevenTowards ministry for the twenty-first century11. Theology of ministry in the ywentieth century: ongoing problems or new orientations?12. Ordained and other ministries: making a difference13. Fitting lay ministries into a theology of ministryPart 1: A critique of an American consensusPart 2: Making a fit14. Ties that bind: deacons today in the grip of yesteryearSelected PublicationsSources of StudyIndices of Names, Biblical and Early Christian sources