Authority and Identity in Emerging Christianities in Asia Minor and Greece


This book explores how early Christian communities constructed, developed, and asserted their identity and authority in various socio-cultural contexts in Asia Minor and Greece in the first five centuries CE. With the help of the database Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae (ICG), special attention is given to ancient inscriptions which represent a rich and valuable source of information on the early Christians’ social and religious identity, family networks, authority structures, and place and function in society. This collection of essays by various specialists of Early Christianity, Epigraphy, and Late Antiquity, offers a broad geographical survey of the expansion and socio-cultural development of Christianity/ies in Asia Minor and Greece, and sheds new light on the religious transformation of the Later Roman Empire.

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Cilliers Breytenbach (Dr. theol., Dr. theol. habil, Munich 1984 and 1986) is Professor for the History, Literature and Religion of Early Christianity at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Professor extraordinary for New Testament and Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University and the author and editor of numerous books including Paulus und Barnabas in der Provinz Galatien (Brill, 1996), Grace, Reconciliation, Concord (Brill, 2010), and (with C. Zimmermann) Early Christianity in Lycaonia: From Paul to Amphilochius of Iconium (Brill, 2017).

Julien M. Ogereau (Ph.D in Ancient History, Macquarie University 2014) is an LMUexcellent Research Fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He is the author of Paul’s Koinonia with the Philippians (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) and of several other articles on the language and historical context of the New Testament. He is currently writing a book on early Christianity in Macedonia.
This is an unusually important collection of papers. It offers a wealth of new evidence on the development of Early Christianity, put together substantially on the basis of the new Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database. (...) This collection represents only the beginning of what will no doubt be a substantial and sustained move forward in the study of early Christianity in the Greek-speaking sphere.

Peter Oakes, Journal for the Study of the new Testament, 2019
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Part 1 Early Christianity in Asia Minor

1 Pagane Relikte in der Spätantike: Griechische Katasterinschriften als religionsgeschichtliche Quellen
Ulrich Huttner

2 The Acts of John and Christian Communities in Ephesus in the Mid-Second Century AD
Paul Trebilco

3 Graeco-Roman Associations, Judean Synagogues and Early Christianity in Bithynia-Pontus
Markus Öhler

4 Frühes Christentum in Galatien: Inschriften aus dem südlichen Haymana-Hochland
Jennifer Krumm

5 Präsentation und Selbstrepräsentation von Christinnen auf lykaonischen Grabinschriften
Christiane Zimmermann

6 Relational Identity and Roman Name-Giving among Lycaonian Christians
Cilliers Breytenbach

7 Die Löwen der Berge: Lebendige, steinerne und literarische Löwen im Rauhen Kilikien
Philipp Pilhofer

Part 2 Early Christianity in Greece, the Southern Balkans, and Beyond

8 Early Christian Inscriptions from the Corinthia and the Peloponnese
Erkki Sironen

9 Authority and Identity in the Early Christian Inscriptions from Macedonia
Julien M. Ogereau

10 The Authority of Paul’s Memory and Early Christian Identity at Philippi
Cédric Brélaz

11 Stobi in Late Antiquity: Epigraphic Testimonia
Slavica Babamova

12 The Formation of a Pauline Letter Collection in Light of Roman Epigraphic Evidence
Laura S. Nasrallah

13 The Use of Greek in the Early Christian Inscriptions from Rome and Italy (3rd–4th Cent.)
Antonio E. Felle

14 From Aphrodite(s) to Saintly Bishops in Late Antique Cyprus
Georgios Deligiannakis

New Testament scholars, as well as historians of Christianity and of the Later Roman Empire, who are interested in Early Christianity and Epigraphy in Asia Minor and Greece.
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