In Walter Lowrie’s “interpretation” of Rudolph Sohm, a very convincing case is made that the “bishop” in the early church was a local church, a congregational, minister whose primary job was to preside over the Eucharist, which was a communal feast. He writes:
Both Gentile and Jewish usage required a president at the feast, and this was particularly the case with regard to Passover, from which the Eucharistic feast was derived. In the Eucharist there were two functions especially that fell to the part of the president: namely, the breaking of the bread, and the thanksgiving prayer.
~The Church and Its Organization in Primitive and Catholic Times, p 268
He adds that this bishop was selected on the basis of a personal leadership charismata. The office was necessary for order, and there was naturally a leader who best fulfilled the office. In the absence of such a person…
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