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The Son of God in the Roman World: Divine Sonship in Its Social and Political Context

ISBN : 9780199933655

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Author: 
Michael Peppard
Pages
304 Pages
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Paperback
Size
155 x 235 mm
Pub date
Oct 2012
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Michael Peppard examines the social and political meaning of divine sonship in the Roman Empire. He begins by analyzing the conceptual framework within which the term "son of God" has traditionally been considered in biblical scholarship. Then, through engagement with recent scholarship in Roman history - including studies of family relationships, imperial ideology, and emperor worship - he offers new ways of interpreting the Christian theological metaphors of "begotten"and "adoptive" sonship. Peppard focuses on social practices and political ideology, revealing that scholarship on divine sonship has been especially hampered by mistaken assumptions about adopted sons. He invites fresh readings of several early Christian texts, from the first Gospel to writings of the fourth century. By re-interpreting several ancient phenomena - particularly divine status, adoption, and baptism - he offers an imaginative refiguring of the Son of God in the Roman world.

Index: 

Introduction
1. Divine Sonship Before Nicea: Biblical Scholarship on "Son of God"
2. Divinity and Divine Sonship in the Roman World
3. Begotten or Made? Adopted Sons in Roman Society and Imperial Ideology
4. Rethinking Divine Sonship in the Gospel of Mark
5. Begotten and Adopted Sons of God-Before and After Nicea
Conclusion
Epilogue: The Son of God in the Christian World
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Michael Peppard is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University.

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