Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire: Mutual Recognition

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Number of pages282
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-42824-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-42615-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Publication series

NameNovum Testamentum, Supplements
Volume179

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology

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