Parts 6 and 7 of my conversation with Ben Witherington about my new book, Destroyer of the gods, appears here and here.
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This interview mentions the “corporate” worship of Christians on Sunday. …..
Is this corporate worship a time on Sunday (before sunrise?) when many house-churches came together to worship? And also, in all your readings, have you come across anything that informs us as to how often the early Christians met for house-church worship? The Rabbis seemed to have met 4 times a week.
You combine two matters: where Christians met in early times, and when. “House-church” settings, yes, but not simply house-settings, as argued by Edward Adams, The Earliest Christian Meeting Places: Almost Exclusively Houses? LNTS, no. 450. London: T&T Clark, 2013.
As to when, from texts such as 1 Cor 16:1-2 and references to “the Lord’s day”, it appears that they met often/typically on a weekly schedule, favouring “Sunday”.
Is there an audio?
Donald: No audio for the Witherington interviews, which were conducted “textually.” But there will be audio interviews coming soon, including a video interview on the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins site, to appear on 5 Sept I think.
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