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Solitude and community in the new testament

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The author likes to elucidate aspect of community and solitude in the New Testament. It appears in the Acts of the Apostles. The formulation is a little peculiar, so that the problem does not strike immediately. If one looks closely it is indeed present, and at such a decisive point that a separate discussion is worthwhile. In the first seven chapters of Acts the stage of the action is Jerusalem. According to St. Luke's report the Christians were driven out of Jerusalem. This fact must be emphasized in the light of Old Testament promises. It is not said of an arbitrary community in an arbitrary town, but of the Messianic community in Jerusalem. The Christians are forced out of Jerusalem into the world; that which seemed a curse for the banished becomes a blessing for others. The scattering does not lead to destruction, but to the formation of new communities.

Keywords: Christians; Jerusalem; Messianic community; New Testament; St. Luke

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