In Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire: Mutual Recognition Niko Huttunen challenges the interpretation of early Christian texts as anti-imperial documents. He presents examples of the positive relationship between early Christians and the Roman society. With the concept of “recognition” Huttunen describes a situation in which the parties can come to terms with each other without full agreement. Huttunen provides examples of non-Christian philosophers recognizing early Christians. He claims that recognition was a response to Christians who presented themselves as philosophers. Huttunen reads Romans 13 as a part of the ancient tradition of the law of the stronger. His pioneering study on early Christian soldiers uncovers the practical dimension of recognizing the empire.
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Number of pages||282|
|ISBN (Print)||978-90-04-42824-9 |
|ISBN (Electronic)||978-90-04-42615-3 |
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|MoE publication type||C1 Scientific book|
|Name||Novum Testamentum, Supplements|