Divine Honors For the Caesars: The First Christians' Responses
: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...
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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.
Rev. Dr. Bruce Winter (Ph.D., Macquarie Universuty) was formerly Warden of Tyndle House, Cambridge, he is now the Principal of Queensland Theological College, and Director of the Institute for Early Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Senior Research Fellow,Macquarie University, Sydney and Visiting Scholar, St Edmunds College,University of Cambridge 2007-2111.
Dr Winter is the author of Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of new' Roman womenand the Pauline Communities (Eerdmans, 2003); 1 Corinthians >(Cambridge Greek New Testament Texts and Commentaries series,(2010); 2 Corinthians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary) and After Paul left Corinth: The Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change (2001,Eerdmans)
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