Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire: Mutual Recognition Niko Huttunen challenges the interpretation of early Christian texts as anti-imperial documents. He presents examples of the positive relationship between early Christians and the Roman society. With the concept of “recognition” Huttunen describes a situation in which the parties can come to terms with each other without full agreement. Huttunen provides examples of non-Christian philosophers recognizing early Christians. He claims that recognition was a response to Christians who presented themselves as philosophers. Huttunen reads Romans 13 as a part of the ancient tradition of the law of the stronger. His pioneering study on early Christian soldiers uncovers the practical dimension of recognizing the empire.
Niko Huttunen, Ph.D. (2003), University of Helsinki, Finland, is associate professor at that university. He has published articles and monographs on early Christianity including
Paul and Epictetus on Law: A Comparison (T&T Clark 2009).
Introduction: Recognition between Anti- and Pro-Imperial Readings
Imperial Recognition in the Intellectual Sphere: Christians and Philosophers 1 Almost Philosophers: Pagan Philosophers Recognizing Christians
2 Early Christians Seeking Recognition in Greco-Roman Culture
Imagination Made Real: Paul between Political Realism and Eschatological Hope 1 Paul and His Readers
2 Paul’s Realism and Imagination
Brothers in Arms: Soldiers in Early Christianity 1 Soldiers in the Gospels Contextualized
2 Metaphors, Antimilitarism, and Christian Soldiers
Conclusions Bibliography Index
All interested in the history of early Christianity, and anyone concerned with the relationship between Christianity, politics, and state.