Where Early Christians Met

Larry Hurtado reviews a book by Edward Adams which examines the question, “Did early Christians meet only in homes?”

Adams reviews indications of the use of other types of spaces: “retail, industrial & storage spaces,” “commercial, hospitality and leisure spaces,” and “outdoor spaces and burial places.” . . . Expressing a “basic agreement” with the three-stage schematization of ecclesiastical architecture (domestic homes, adapted homes, purpose-built church structures), Adams urges, however, “an expanded understanding of the first and second phases” to allow a greater variety of kinds of spaces used in the very earliest period.

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