Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire : Mutual Recognition

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Huttunen , N I 2020 , Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire : Mutual Recognition . Novum Testamentum, Supplements , vol. 179 , Brill , Leiden . https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004428249

Title: Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire : Mutual Recognition
Author: Huttunen, Niko Ilari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Publisher: Brill
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 282
Belongs to series: Novum Testamentum, Supplements
ISBN: 978-90-04-42824-9
978-90-04-42615-3
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314778
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.
Subject: 614 Theology
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