Divine Honours for the Caesars: The First Christians' Responses

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2015 - Religion - 338 pages
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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Contents

Divine Honours for the Caesars and the Roman East
15
Imperial Endorsement of Divine Titles and Declining
16
Some Corinthian
17
Festivities Holidays New Honours and Golden Ages
23
Honours to for and by the Caesars and Reciprocal Benefits
48
Jewish Responses to Divine Honours
94
Romes and Pauls
127
Promoting Cultic Honours in Achaea
166
Imperial Cultic Veneration in Roman Corinth
184
Some Galatian
226
Confrontation for Thessalonian Christians and
250
Impending Exile for Christians in Hebrews
266
Bibliography
307
Index of Modern Authors
324
Index of Scripture References and Other Ancient Sources
331
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Bruce W. Winter is the former warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge, and a respected authority on the historical background to the New Testament. His previous books include After Paul Left Corinth: The Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change and Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities.

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