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The Nature of the Church Paperback – 1996
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It's my opinion that many popular protestant teachers today take a simplified and erroneous view of Bible study when it comes to describing the nature of the church. For starters, many ignore that the nature of Scriptural revelation is progressive. That is, concepts God introduces are developed, though not replaced or substantially changed in essence over time through a succession of God-ordained spokesmen. As a result some teachers then think they can simply read the first few chapters of Acts to get an authoritative definition of the church rather than honor the development God ordained through Paul such that the local church is not fully characterized and defined until the end of Paul's life.
Another teaching is that because the Greek word for church is made up of two words, "called" and "out" that the church is therefore defined by that kind of sophomoric word study. Radmacher's work sets an example for doing word studies in a historical context.
Radmacher's book helps correct these ideas by following a scholarly approach to word study and history. It is worth reading not only because of it's conclusions but also because of the standard of scholarly ethic that all teachers of the Bible should emulate.