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

Teresa Morgan


This study begins with the question why ‘faith’ (pistis/fides) was so important to very early Christians that the concept and praxis already dominate the writings of the New Testament. It argues that early Christian pistis owes much to both its Jewish and Graeco-Roman contexts, which makes it an intrinsically interdisciplinary subject of study. Drawing on recent work in anthropology, sociology, and modern history, the study seeks to understand the varying shapes pistis/fides takes in the Graeco-Roman world of the early principate, Hellenistic Judaism, and the New Testament. It develops a model ... More

Keywords: pistis, fides, faith, Graeco-Roman, Septuagint, Christian, Christology, ecclesiology, soteriology, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teresa Morgan, author
Professor of Graeco-Roman History, Nancy Bissell Turpin Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, University of Oxford