Enhancing church practitioner training, public understanding and the work of Christian communicators through a new paradigm for explaining early Christian diversity

Impact: Attitudes and behaviours, Awareness and understanding, Society and culture


Oakes’s research draws on archaeological and textual evidence to provide new insights into the social diversity of early Christian communities. The research has had an impact on: (1) Christian communicators, who draw on the research to encourage audiences to consider realia of ancient life and the diversity of early Christian communities in order to better understand and use the New Testament (NT); (2) trainers who have used the research to develop learning programmes for trainee church practitioners; (3) individual learners and members of church study groups, whose understanding of NT life has been enhanced; (4) Christian group leaders who have adopted the research to underpin and articulate their organisations’ policies.

Category of impact

  • Attitudes and behaviours
  • Awareness and understanding
  • Society and culture
Aug 2013 - Dec 2020

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Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

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