Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire

Mutual Recognition

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In 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.
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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).
Preface

1 Introduction: Recognition between Anti- and Pro-Imperial Readings

2 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

3 Imagination Made Real: Paul between Political Realism and Eschatological Hope
 1 Paul and His Readers
 2 Paul’s Realism and Imagination

4 Brothers in Arms: Soldiers in Early Christianity
 1 Soldiers in the Gospels Contextualized
 2 Metaphors, Antimilitarism, and Christian Soldiers

5 Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
All interested in the history of early Christianity, and anyone concerned with the relationship between Christianity, politics, and state.