22. The congregation of Jesus following hiscrucifixion, around 30 AD
77 22. The congregation of Jesus following his crucifixion, around 30 AD The young congregation continued their untroubled lives following the crucifi- xion of Jesus: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were be- ing saved" (Act 2:42-47 NRS). Jews who did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah could not attend a church service at home since this was apparently linked to proskynesis according to the Letter of Paul to Philippians, 2,10: "Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phi 2:9- 11 NRS). The services celebrated at home by the Christian congregations were, however, probably not standardized. "it was...
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