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Ekklesia - Indian Conversations : A Study of the Church
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Edited by Dr. Samuel George, H. Joseph Lalfakmawia and Ajungla Jamir.
Bibliographical Details xviii, 385 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351480542
ISBN-13 9789351480549, 978-9351480549
Year of Publication 2015.
Further Details In Collaboration with Master's College of Theology, Visakhapatnam.
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Jesus said, ".... I will build my church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it" (Mat. 16:18). What concept/metaphor/image of the church was he alluding to? What are its nature, character, and function? Is it a relevant institution today? Well, these and few other pertinent questions are not just raised but grappled with an Indian/Asian perspective by various authors in the book. The focus of the book is on church as `Ekklesia', meaning "summoned or called out assembly of people".

It can also mean a convoked community. Present day, Indian church needs to redefine her character and existence in such a way that it becomes meaningful and relevant to our society. This book, `Ekklesia: Indian Conversations' is a humble attempt towards that goal.

Contents

The Book

Foreword

Notes on Contributors

Preface

1. General Background of the Term `Ekklesia' / H. Joseph Lafakmawia

2. Egalitarianism in the Socio-Economic Life of Isreal : Implications for `Ekklesia' in India / Atula Ao

3. Origin and Transition of the Church in the First Five Centuries / John Alex

4. The Growth, Development and Structure of the Church (kyriakon) in the Roman World from Ist to 6th Century / Gaikaolung Dangmei

5. Confronting Socio-Religio-Political Oppressive Powers in the `Ekklesia' of God / H. Joseph Lalfakmawia

6. Paul's Vision for the `Ekklesia' of God / Roji T. George

7. Paul's Understanding of `Ekklesia' as a "Community of Believers" : A Christian Ethical Perspective / Ajungla Jamir

8. Kalisiya - ek Bharatiya Sanskarika Samudaya (`Ekklesia' - an Indian Sacramental Community) / Samuel George

9. `Ekklesia' - The Body of Christ Defiled in the Church : A Christian Counselling Perspective / R. Lalruata

10. `Ekklesia' Model or `Kyriarchal' Model : Hermeneutical Choice and the Future of `Ekklesia' / Rosy Baroi

11. `Ekklesia' in the midst of Religious and Cultural Pluralism / John Basy Paul

12. `Ekklesia' - The Radical Democratic Assembly of Equals; Towards an Indian Ecclesiology : A Pentecostal Perspective / V. V. Thomas

13. Sociological Perspectives for Ecclesiology : Towards a Sociology of the Church based on Francois Houtart's thoughts / Jerome Sahabandhu

14. Ecclesiology in Context : Reflections from an Indian Perspective in the Light of Current Ecumenical Deliberations / O. V. Jathanna

15. Towards `People' (Laos) Ecclesiology for Mission / Simon Pinto

16. The Significance of Communication in `Ekklesia' / Tinumeren Ozukum

17. Towards a New `Ecclesia' : Re-Reading the Concept of `Ecclesia' in the Bible : A Few Pointers / Roger Gaikwad

Bibliography

Index

Contributors

Ms. Ajungla Jamir is from Nagaland and belongs to the Baptist Church. She serves as the Assistant Professor (Christian Ethics) at Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam.

Dr. Atula Ao (Tsuedir) is from Baptist Church of Nagaland. She was awarded Doctor of Theology (Old Testament) from the Senate of Serampore College (University) for her research on Prophetic Oracles in the Old Testament. Currently she serves as the Associate Professor (O.T.) at Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam, and editor-in-chief of `Master's Journal of Theology.'

Mr. Gaikaolung Dangmei is from Manipur. He serves as the Assistant Professor (History of Christianity) at Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam.

Mr. H. Joseph Lalfakmawia is from Mizoram Presbyterian Church. Earlier he served as the Assistant Professor (New Testament) at Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam and also the Dean of Academic Affairs. Currently, he is pursuing his doctoral studies in NIIPGTS (Serampore).

Rev. Dr. Jerome Sahabandhu is an ordained Methodist minister, and currently serves as the Principal of the Theological College of Lanka (Serampore University), Pilimatalawa, Sri Lanka.

Dr. John Alex is from Kerala and serves with Jesus Mission. He was awarded Doctor of Theology (Christian Theology) by Serampore University for his research on Indian theologian - Pandipeddi Chenchiah. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of `Ebenezer Theological Journal'.

Rev. John Basy Paul is an ordained minister of the Church of South India (CSI), Dornakal Diocese. Earlier, he taught in the department of Religious and Cultural studies at Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam.

Rev. Dr. Origen Vasantha Jathanna is an ordained minister in Karnataka Central Diocese of Church of South India (CSI). A well-known Indian Christian theologian, he earlier served as the Principal of the United Theological College, Bangalore.

Mr. R. Lalruata is from Mizoram and currently serves as the Assistant Professor (Counselling) at Master's College of Theology, (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam.

Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad is an ordained minister of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church. Earlier he served as the Director of SCEPTRE, and Principal of Aizawl Theological College, Mizoram. Since 2010, he serves as the General Secretary of NCCI.

Rev. Dr. Roji T. George is from Kerala, and currently serves as an Associate Professor in the department of New Testament studies at Luther W. New Jr. Theological College, Dehradun. He is also the Managing Editor of `Doon Theological Journal'.

Mrs. Rosy Baroi is from Nagaland. She serves as the Assistant Professor (Christian Theology) at Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam.

Dr. Samuel George is from Jammu & Kashmir. Currently, he serves as the Associate Professor (Christian Theology) and Principal of the Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam.

Rev. Dr. Simon Pinto is an ordained Roman Catholic priest. Currently he teaches Mission studies at St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore.

Mr. Tinumeren Ozukum is from Nagaland. He serves as the Assistant Professor (Communication) at Master's College of Theology (affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)), Visakhapatnam.

Rev. Dr. V. V. Thomas from Kerala is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God Church in India. He is the Head of Department of History of Christianity studies at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune.


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