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Where Is the Church? Part IV

Catholic

It is true that the term “catholic” is not used in the New Testament, in contrast to our other three terms. The Church is explicitly called “one,” and “holy,” and is said to be founded on the apostles and devoted to their teachings. But we do not see a verse with the term “catholic” in it. That is not to say, however, that the concept of the Church’s catholicity is not in Scripture. It is most definitely a New Testament quality of the Church as we will see.

Furthermore, catholicity is demanded from the fact of the Church’s unity. As I traced in part III the characteristic of holiness from the Church’s unity with the Godhead, so, too, will we trace the catholicity of the Church from that Trinitarian unity, and the wholeness obtaining in the particular. Catholicity has come to mean, for many, universality or the worldwide scope of the Church. As we trace the concept from the New Testament and one of its earliest expressions in St. Ignatios of Antioch, however, we will see that the original impetus of the word was not so much worldwide universality as completeness and wholeness.
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Septuagint Links

R. Grant Jones’ Notes on the Septuagint is a wealth of information on the apostolic use of the Septuagint in the New Testament. Jones admits he is not a Septuagint specialist, but rather a person with a love for the subject. Many good links to other sites. Well-researched.

Joel Kalvesmaki’s The Septuagint Online: Electronic Resources for the Study of the Septuagint and Old Greek Versions is a treasure trove of information and links to all facets of the Septuagint. Kalvesmaki is studying patristics and is well-versed in the subject.

Another fascinating essay on the Septuagint is Dr. Albert C. Sundberg, Jr.’s “The Old Testament of the Early Church” Revisited. Those who reject the apocrypha on the basis of the Hebrew canon will want to read this essay which demonstrates conclusively that the Jewish canon was fluid through the end of the first century, and included some of the works in the apocrypha. Heavily footnoted.

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