Hubert Cancik

Hairesis, Diatribe, Ekklesia. Griechische Schulgeschichte und das Lukanische Geschichtswerk

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Early Christianity (EC)

Jahrgang 2 () / Heft 3, S. 312-334 (23)

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In this essay, the »schools« of the ancient philosophers as described by Lucian of Samosata and Numenius of Apameia – both 2nd century CE – are compared with the formation of the »ekklesia« in Luke-Acts. For example, Numenius narrates the history of the decadence of the Platonic Academy, marked by stasis/σιασς and schisma. He insists on reformation through a return to the origin of the school, that is, to Pythagoras. Luke narrates the genesis and growth of a charismatic religious group and its transformation into a universal institution, given the name of a political assembly (εκκλσíα). The essay's comparisons exhibit both similarities and differences (e.g., concerning growth, schism, diadoche, teacher) between the different groups.

Hubert Cancik ist Professor emeritus für klassische Philologie an der Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.