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Divine honours for the Caesars : the first Christians' responses

Author: Bruce W Winter
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book Bruce Winter explores the varied responses of the first Christians to requirements to render divine honors to the Caesars as the conventional public expression of loyalty to Rome and its rulers. How did they cope with the culture of emperor worship when they were required to give their undivided loyalty to Jesus? First examining the significant primary evidence of emperor worship and the enormous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce W Winter
ISBN: 9780802872579 0802872573
OCLC Number: 909883424
Description: x, 338 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The all-pervasive and inescapable imperial cultic phenomena --
Festivities, holidays, new honours and Golden Ages --
Honours to, for and by the Caesars and reciprocal benefits --
Imperial endorsement of divine titles and 'declining' new temples --
Adopt, adapt, abstain : Jewish responses to divine honours --
The admission of new gods to Athens : Rome's and Paul's --
Promoting cultic honours in Achaea and exemption for Christians --
New imperial honours : some Corinthian Christians compromise --
Avoiding divine honours : some Galatian Christians' strategy --
Confrontation for Thessalonian Christians and the most divine Caesar --
Impending exile for Christians in Hebrews --
Conformity and commerce or capital punishment : new honours for Caesar.
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In this book Bruce Winter explores the varied responses of the first Christians to requirements to render divine honors to the Caesars as the conventional public expression of loyalty to Rome and its rulers. How did they cope with the culture of emperor worship when they were required to give their undivided loyalty to Jesus? First examining the significant primary evidence of emperor worship and the enormous societal pressure the first Christians would have faced to participate in it, Winter then looks at specific New Testament evidence in light of his findings. He examines individual cities and provinces and the different ways in which Christians responded to the pressure to fulfill their obligations as citizens and participate in the conventional expressions of loyalty to the Roman Empire.

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