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

Oxford University Press / 2011 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 0.10 X 0.10 X 0.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0199753709
ISBN-13: 9780199753703
Availability: Available to ship on or about 10/18/14.

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Winner of the 2013 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

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 in Roman 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. By re-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 is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University.

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