Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early Churches by Teresa Morgan

Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early Churches

byTeresa Morgan

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This study investigates why "faith" (pistis/fides) was so important to early Christians that the concept and praxis dominated the writings of the New Testament. It argues that such a study must be interdisciplinary, locating emerging Christianities in the social practices and mentalites ofcontemporary Judaism and the early Roman empire. This can, therefore, equally be read as a study of the operation of pistis/fides in the world of the early Roman principate, taking one small but relatively well-attested cult as a case study in how micro-societies within that world could treat itdistinctively. Drawing on recent work in sociology and economics, the book traces the varying shapes taken by pistis/fides in Greek and Roman human and divine-human relationships: whom or what is represented as easy or difficult to trust or believe in; where pistis/fides is "deferred" and "reified" in practicessuch as oaths and proofs; how pistis/fides is related to fear, doubt and scepticism; and which foundations of pistis/fides are treated as more or less secure. The book then traces the evolution of representations of human and divine-human pistis in the Septuagint, before turning to pistis/pisteuein in New Testament writings and their role in the development of early Christologies (incorporating a new interpretation of pistis Christou) and ecclesiologies.It argues for the integration of the study of pistis/pisteuein with that of New Testament ethics. It explores the interiority of Graeco-Roman and early Christian pistis/fides. Finally, it discusses eschatological pistis and the shape of the divine-human community in the eschatologicalkingdom.

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Teresa Morgan is Professor of Graeco-Roman History in the Faculty of Classics, Oxford University, and Nancy Bissell Turpin Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Oriel College. She is a historian of Graeco-Roman and early Christian culture and mentalite; previous books include Literate Education in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds (19...
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Title:Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early ChurchesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.62 inPublished:June 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198724144

ISBN - 13:9780198724148

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1. Introduction: Approaching pistis and fides in the Graeco-Roman world, Hellenistic Judaism, and early churches2. Greek and Roman Pistis and Fides I: domestic and personal relations3. Greek and Roman Pistis and Fides II: structures of state4. Pistis and Fides in Graeco-Roman Religiosity5. Pistis in the Septuagint6. Pistis and the Earliest Christian Preaching7. Pistis in Galatians, Romans, Philippians, and Philemon8. Pistis in Non-Pauline Letters9. Pistis in the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles10. Pisteuein and its Relations in the Johannine Corpus11. Relationality and Interiority in Pistis and Fides12. Pistis, Fides and the Structure of Divine-Human CommunitiesConclusion