Volume 51, Issue 2, December 2011
Contrasting ecclesial functions in the second century
'Diakonia ', ' Diakonoi ', ' Episkopoi ' and ' Presbyteroi ' in the Sheperd of Hermas and Ignatius of Antioch's Letters
The collection of texts we read today under the name of Apostolic Fathers has proved to be a very productive source for surveys of the second century Christianity. Due to its heterogeneity, it is hardly a surprise that the question of diakonia, in this corpus, forms a composite image. The aim of this paper is to reassess on comparative basis the material on diakonoi, episkopoi and presbyteroi in the Shepherd of Hermas and Ignatius of Antioch‟s Letters.