Divine honours for the Caesars: the First Christians' responses

Bruce W. Winter

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Though the first century A.D. saw the striking rise and expansion of Christianity throughout the vast Roman Empire, ancient historians have shown that an even stronger imperial cult spread far more rapidly at the same time. How did the early Jesus-followers cope with the all-pervasive culture of emperor worship? This authoritative study by Bruce Winter explores the varied responses of first-century Christians to imperial requirements to render divine honours to the Caesars. Winter first examines the significant primary evidence of emperor worship, particularly analysing numerous inscriptions in public places and temples that attributed divine titles to the emperors, and he then looks at specific New Testament evidence in light of his findings.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGrand Rapids, USA
PublisherWilliam B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Number of pages338
ISBN (Print)9780802872579
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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