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

Michael Peppard


This book re‐imagines the meaning of divine sonship in its Roman social and political context. It first critiques the conceptual framework within which the term “son of God” has usually been construed in biblical scholarship. Then, through engagement with recent scholarship in Roman history—studies of family relationships, imperial ideology, and emperor worship—it opens the Christian theological metaphors of “begotten” and “adoptive” sonship to new interpretations. The emphasis on social practices, coupled with an ear for political ideology, reveals that scholarship on divine sonship has been ... More

Keywords: Son of God, divine sonship, adoption, Gospel of Mark, divi filius, Christology, baptism, emperor worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753703
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Peppard, author
Fordham University
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