New Book on Divine Sonship in the Ancient Globe


Garrick V. AllenKai AkagiPaul Sloan and Madhavi Nevader
Eisenbrauns, April 2019.
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I assume this is the proceedings from the St. Andrews conference from a handful of years back. Here’s the blurb:

In antiquity, “son of god”—meaning a ruler designated by the gods to carry out their will—was a title utilized by the Roman emperor Augustus and his successors as a way to reinforce their divinely appointed status. But this title was also utilized by early Christians to speak about Jesus, borrowing the idiom from Israelite and early Jewish discourses on monarchy. This interdisciplinary volume explores what it suggests to be God’s son(s) in ancient Jewish and early Christian literature.

Via close readings of relevant texts from numerous ancient corpora, which includes the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Greco-Roman texts and inscriptions, early Christian and Islamic texts, and apocalyptic literature, the chapters in this volume speak to a variety of problems which includes messianism, deification, eschatological figures, Jesus, interreligious polemics, and the Roman and Jewish backgrounds of early Christianity and the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The essays in this collection demonstrate that divine sonship is an best prism by way of which to improved comprehend the deep interrelationship of ancient religions and their politics of kingship and divinity.

In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume include things like Richard Bauckham, Max Botner, George J. Brooke, Jan Joosten, Menahem Kister, Reinhard Kratz, Mateusz Kusio, Michael A. Lyons, Matthew V. Novenson, Michael Peppard, Sarah Whittle, and N. T. Wright.


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