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When we read the New Testament, its epistles and narratives and apocalyptic visions give us a vivid picture of life, the world, a cosmic mission.  But ancient Christians, just as Christians in our own moment, also lived day to day in towns and cities, and careful attention to the ways that early Christians related to those communities stands to offer its own rewards.  John S. Kloppenborg’s 2019 book Christ’s Associations attends to the bylaws and the alba and the other kinds of epigraphic artifacts of the ancient world and brings those to bear on early Christian occasional letters to offer some richness to the world that we imagine when we read 2 Corinthians and Galatians.  Christian Humanist Profiles is glad to welcome Dr. Kloppenborg to the show to talk about some of this work.

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