Church and the Ministry in the Early Centuries
by Thomas M. Lindsay
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Scholars can only reconstruct what the lives of the first Christians were like with the
limited evidence available to them. In 1902, this Scottish theologian set out to do just
that, and published a series of lectures he had given on the subject. Drawing from biblical
and other ancient texts, Lindsay paints a picture of first century churches, their leaders,
and their missionaries. In particular, he traces the development of the ministry itself and
how it evolved into the priesthood of the Catholic Church. As well as investigating how
Roman religious customs influenced the early Church’s hierarchy, he briefly sketches
some of the first Christian controversies concerning the roles of church leaders.