Divine Honours for the Caesars: The First Christians’ Responses, 1st Edition

  • Bruce W. Winter
  • Published By: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 1467444146
  • ISBN-13: 9781467444149
  • DDC: 270.1
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 348 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released April 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Though the first century A.D. saw the striking rise and expansion of Christianity throughout the vast Roman Empire, ancient historians have shown that an even stronger imperial cult spread far more rapidly at the same time. How did the early Jesus-followers cope with the all-pervasive culture of emperor worship? This authoritative study by Bruce Winter explores the varied responses of first-century Christians to imperial requirements to render divine honors to the Caesars. Winter first examines the significant primary evidence of emperor worship, particularly analyzing numerous inscriptions in public places and temples that attributed divine titles to the emperors, and he then looks at specific New Testament evidence in light of his findings.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The All-Pervasive and Inescapable Imperial Cultic Phenomena.
Divine Honours for the Caesars and the Roman East.
2: Festivities, Holidays, New Honours and Golden Ages.
3: Honours to, for and by the Caesars and Reciprocal Benefits.
4: Imperial Endorsement of Divine Titles and ‘Declining’ New Temples.
5: Adopt, Adapt, Abstain: Jewish Responses to Divine Honours.
Divine Imperial Honours and the First Christians' Responses.
6: The Admission of New Gods to Athens: Rome's and Paul's.
7: Promoting Cultic Honours in Achaea and Exemption for Christians.
8: New Imperial Honours: Some Corinthian Christians Compromise.
9: Avoiding Divine Honours: Some Galatian Christians’ Strategy.
10: Confrontation for Thessalonian Christians and the Most Divine Caesar.
11: Impending Exile for Christians in Hebrews.
12: Conformity and Commerce or Capital Punishment: New Honours for Caesar.
Index of Modern Authors.
Index of Subjects.
Index of Scripture References and Other Ancient Sources.