The Son of God in the Roman World: Divine Sonship in its Social and Political Context

Paperback | September 15, 2012

byMichael Peppard

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Michael Peppard examines the social and political meaning of divine sonship in the Roman Empire. He begins by analyzing the conceptual framework within which the term 'son of God' has traditionally been considered in biblical scholarship. Then, through engagement with recent scholarship inRoman history - including studies of family relationships, imperial ideology, and emperor worship - he offers new ways of interpreting the Christian theological metaphors of 'begotten'and 'adoptive' sonship. Peppard focuses on social practices and political ideology, revealing that scholarship on divine sonship has been especially hampered by mistaken assumptions about adopted sons. He invites fresh readings of several early Christian texts, from the first Gospel to writings of the fourth century. Byre-interpreting several ancient phenomena - particularly divine status, adoption, and baptism - he offers an imaginative refiguring of the Son of God in the Roman world.

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Michael Peppard examines the social and political meaning of divine sonship in the Roman Empire. He begins by analyzing the conceptual framework within which the term ''son of God'' has traditionally been considered in biblical scholarship. Then, through engagement with recent scholarship inRoman history - including studies of family r...

Michael Peppard is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199933650

ISBN - 13:9780199933655

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Divine Sonship Before Nicea: Biblical Scholarship on ''Son of God''2. Divinity and Divine Sonship in the Roman World3. Begotten or Made? Adopted Sons in Roman Society and Imperial Ideology4. Rethinking Divine Sonship in the Gospel of Mark5. Begotten and Adopted Sons of God-Before and After NiceaConclusionEpilogue: The Son of God in the Christian WorldAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex