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Title: The Collection for Jerusalem
Subtitle: A Joint Action of Paul and Pauline Communities in Greece and Asia 53-56 AD
Author(s): KOCH, Dietrich-Alex
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 96    Issue: 4   Date: 2020   
Pages: 603-622
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.96.4.3288791

Abstract :
The collection for the 'Poor among the saints at Jerusalem' was part of the agreement between the leaders of the Christian communities in Antioch and Jerusalem (cf. Gal 2,10). This collection was an act of charity that was at the same time an act of mutual acceptance between a community living according to the Torah (Jerusalem) and another community (Antioch) living outside of these rules. Paul applied this agreement to the communities he founded in Achaia, Macedonia, and Asia Minor. The paper deals with the preparation of the collection in these communities and the journey of the delegation travelling to Jerusalem to deliver the money. The report of this journey (used in Acts 20-21) is a unique document in early Christian history. Finally the problems connected with the delivery of the collection Jerusalem are discussed.

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