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Early Christian Worship
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Central to the early church was the worship of God the Father and Jesus Christ, whom Christians regard as the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. Worship in the early church was primarily Jewish in orientation.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Early Christian Worship
Early Church Worship Central to the early church was the worship of God the Father and Jesus Christ, whom Christians regard as the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. Worship in the early church was primarily Jewish in orientation.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Worship, Early Christian
WORSHIP, EARLY CHRISTIAN. Early Christianity differed strikingly from other religions in the Roman world in that it had no cult statues, temples, or regular sacrifices (whether of animals or produce), or the customary musical accompaniment. Christian worship had a primarily verbal character, and in this
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
WORSHIP, NT CHRISTIAN
WORSHIP, NT CHRISTIAN. Worship comprises those actions by which people express and reaffirm their devotional stance toward, and relationship to, a deity. These actions can be done by individuals, privately or in a public place such as a temple/shrine, or by groups of devotees gathered for corporate worship.
The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media
Worship, Ancient Israelite
Worship, Ancient Israelite Our understanding of ancient Israelite worship is shaped by two sets of media: biblical texts and archaeological evidence. Both describe a range of worship practices, including ritual performances at central and local shrines as well as secular sites, the recitation of psalms
Worship, Ancient Jewish
Worship, Ancient Jewish Worship translates the Hebrew term ‘avodah (lit. ‘work, service’). Initially, ‘avodah described the sacrificial rites and ancillary rituals of the temple in Jerusalem, particularly those acts overseen or enacted by the priests (kohanim) and Levites, as described initially in the
Worship, Early Christian
Worship, Early Christian Early Christian worship refers to the various expressions of Christian ritual life and piety that spanned the public and private spheres over the course of the first four centuries of the Common Era. While the term suggests a certain amount of consistency, uniformity, and standardization,
Key passages
Ac 2:42–46

And they were devoting themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers. And fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were being performed by the apostles. And all who believed were in the same …

1 Co 11:17–32

But in giving this instruction I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. For in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For indeed …

1 Co 14:1–40

Pursue love, and strive for spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, because no one understands, but by the Spirit he speaks mysteries. But the one who prophesies speaks …

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