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It is therefore of first-rate importance that we try to obtain a clear picture of the surroundings of the early Church. We shall find that the Christian society was born at the place where two worlds met, the East and the West, the Semitic and the Graeco-Roman, the Jew and the Gentile. It is only as we grasp this that we shall be able to understand how the Church can claim to be the heir of all that was best in every section of ancient civilisation, and how Christianity can claim to be the absolute religion.

After the death of Agrippa there followed a renewal of the system of procurators, and they maintained an impartial peace. But when the procurator Festus died, the High Priest, Annas 11, seized the opportunity of the interregnum to attack the Church again, and succeeded in putting to death James, the brother of the Lord, who was now at the head of the Christians in the city. For this Annas was deposed by the new King, Agrippa II, who does not seem to have been ill-disposed to the struggling society.

Iv II ff), evolved the following theory as to the beginnings of the ministry: I, that in the Church of the first century a clear distinction was drawn between the ministry of preaching and that of administration; 2, that the former was filled by apostles, prophets and teachers, the latter by bishops and deacons; that the former had received a definite gift from God (hence called a ‘charismatic’ ministry), while the latter was of merely human appointment; 4, that the former exercised a universal office, travelling from one community to another, while the latter had no authority outside the local Page 28 church to which it had been appointed; 5, that the former class was originally much the more important of the two, but that in the Didache we have evidence of a transition period in which the local ministry is beginning to succeed to the functions and authority of the charismatic ministry.

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