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Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early Churches (Hardback)
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Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early Churches (Hardback)

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Hardback 640 Pages / Published: 28/05/2015
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This study investigates why 'faith' (pistis/fides) was so important to early Christians that the concept and praxis dominated the writings of the New Testament. It argues that such a study must be interdisciplinary, locating emerging Christianities in the social practices and mentalites of contemporary Judaism and the early Roman empire. This can, therefore, equally be read as a study of the operation of pistis/fides in the world of the early Roman principate, taking one small but relatively well-attested cult as a case study in how micro-societies within that world could treat it distinctively. Drawing on recent work in sociology and economics, the book traces the varying shapes taken by pistis/fides in Greek and Roman human and divine-human relationships: whom or what is represented as easy or difficult to trust or believe in; where pistis/fides is 'deferred' and 'reified' in practices such as oaths and proofs; how pistis/fides is related to fear, doubt and scepticism; and which foundations of pistis/fides are treated as more or less secure. The book then traces the evolution of representations of human and divine-human pistis in the Septuagint, before turning to pistis/pisteuein in New Testament writings and their role in the development of early Christologies (incorporating a new interpretation of pistis Christou) and ecclesiologies. It argues for the integration of the study of pistis/pisteuein with that of New Testament ethics. It explores the interiority of Graeco-Roman and early Christian pistis/fides. Finally, it discusses eschatological pistis and the shape of the divine-human community in the eschatological kingdom.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198724148
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 1102 g
Dimensions: 240 x 163 x 41 mm


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Among studies on faith in the New Testament, Teresa Morgans distinctive and valid approach is that we best understand in the NT by locating it in the language and culture of the early Principate. * Ilaria L. E. Ramelli (Catholic University-Angelicum-Princeton), The Journal of Roman Studies Vol.107 *
Although a long, detailed, and scholarly work, this treatise is clearly organized, accessibly written, and repays diligent study of such a seminal topic. What is more basic to Christian faith than 'faith'? * F. Scott Spencer, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology *
Morgan's work is highly recommended. It not only tackles a colossal subject, but also makes sure to nuance those interdisciplinary moments that provide the most fuel to the ongoing discussion. Morgan fills a gap that was much needed; however, her work is also positioned in such a way as to point towards new, detailed analyses that need to be done in order to move beyond the material covered. Thankfully, she is kind enough to gesture towards these avenues of interrogation in her concluding section. * Taylor Weaver, Religion *
[I]t is to be hoped that its conclusions cascade through the layers of modern Christianity to refresh more than just the thirst of professional scholars. * Cally Hammond, Church Times *
What Teresa Morgan has done here is to offer a hard-won glimpse of the early Christian picture in its original colours * Kate Cooper The Times Literary Supplement *
this is an excellent work. It is well written, thoroughly researched, cogently argued, and will no doubt be of great use, not only for scholars interested in pistis/fides, but also for those who desire a model of doing sociological research in antiquity. * Sean A. Adams, Journal for the Study of the New Testament *

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