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  1. Ben

    “it’s an early example of the exercise of hierarchical—and Roman—authority”

    No it’s not. It reads like a concerned brother reaching out to help his sibling who is headed in the wrong direction. All that nonsense about Roman authority being portrayed in 1 Clement is bias from the Catholic tradition.

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    1. I’m not completely convinced of that, Ben. Clement writes with a certain amount of authority – as Paul did before him and Ignatius will do after him. This may not be the entrenched power system of a later system, but it is not a mere concern either.

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  2. Ben

    It’s the authority of one who is closer to God’s ways and the teachings of Scripture, a Pastoral authority. It’s humble in nature, and not a power bid from within Christendom.

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    1. Ben, Scripture really doesn’t teach us much in this regard. Ephesians comes closest to giving us a hierarchy, or we can go by what Paul did and his commanding of this or that, something Clement clearly follows.

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