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Community of Goods
Christian Communism
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Community of Goods
Community of Goods In Acts 2:44 it is said that in the infant church at Jerusalem “all who believed were together and had all things in common” (Gk. eíchon hápanta koiná), and (4:34f) “as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Community of Goods
COMMUNITY OF GOODS. With a large segment of the world’s population under the political and economic control of communism and with an increasingly widespread discussion of communist theory everywhere in the world, the question often arises whether the Bible recommends or even enjoins communal ownership
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Community of Goods
Community of GoodsAlthough not found in the NT, the expression “community of goods” is a common description of the sharing of possessions in the early Jerusalem church. According to Acts 2:44–47 the Christians lived together and shared all things in common (hápanta koiná), each having sold all personal
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Community of Goods
Community of Goods. A form of communal life practiced in the early Church, whereby material goods as well as spiritual qualities were shared. At the end of Peter’s stirring address at Pentecost, Luke adds that the recent converts at Jerusalem “had all things in common” (Gk. eíchon hápanta koiná).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Community of Goods, Christianity
COMMUNITY OF GOODS, CHRISTIANITY versus Communism. The infant church in Acts presents us with a type of Christian community of goods that was the result of spiritual revival. “And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common,” etc. (Acts 2:44). “And the congregation of those
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Community of Goods
COMMUNITY OF GOODS — the voluntary practice through which some Christians of the New Testament unselfishly made their possessions available to all believers (Acts 2:44–47; 4:32–5:11).The Book of Acts reported that “all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them,” giving the proceeds to the apostles
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COMMUNITY, OF GOODS
COMMUNITY, OF GOODS<ko-mu’-ni-ti>, ([ἅπαντα κοινὰ εἰ̂χον, hapanta koina eichon], literally, “They had all things (in) common”): In Acts 2:44, it is said that, in the infant church at Jerusalem, “all that believed were together, and had all things common,” and (4:34 f) “as many as were possessors
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Community of Goods
COMMUNITY OF GOODS Jerusalem church’s practice of having “everything in common” (Acts 2:41–47; 4:32–37) had contemporary parallels: the Greek utopian ideal of common property among friends, the compulsory communalism of the Jewish sect at Qumran, and even the precedent of Jesus and the Twelve (Luke 8:3;
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Community of Goods
community of goods. An expression not found in the NT but referring to Christian love as expressed in the free sharing of material goods, as recorded in Acts 2:44 and 4:34–5:11. Problems to be faced in these passages concern how complete this community of goods was and whether there was any compulsion
Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions
Ebenezer Community
Ebenezer CommunityA community of religious exiles who settled near Savannah, Georgia, in 1734 was called the Ebenezer Community. In 1731, the Catholic archbishop-prince of the territory of Salzburg, Leopold von Firmian, imposed religious conformity, resulting in the departure of approximately twenty
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
Community of Goods
COMMUNITY OF GOODSNow all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. Acts 2:44, 45.Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Communitarianism
Communitarianism, Community of Goods. In the early church Christian life centered on worship. In the wake of Pentecost, desire to worship God apparently led to spontaneous sharing of goods (Acts 2:42–47; 4:32–37). In Acts this sharing manifested the Holy Spirit’s work (5:3). Throughout the NT other Christians’
Key passages
Ac 4:32–37

Now the group of those who believed were one heart and soul, and no one said anything of what belonged to him was his own, but all things were theirs in common. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, …

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