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New Testament Christianity in the Roman World

Harry O. Maier


The book explores the social contexts of New Testament writings from Acts onward, along with other relevant Jewish and Christian literature. Moving from large to increasingly smaller spheres, the study examines how at each level beliefs and practices related to the gods and the cosmos, the empire, the city, and the household shaped a shifting and context-specific Christian faith and a set of affiliated identities. In each case, the discussion considers intersections with the New Testament and other early Christian and Jewish literature. The introduction discusses theories of canon formation, t ... More

Keywords: New Testament, lived religion, Roman Empire, the self, household, canon formation, ritual, the cosmos, the city, fictive kinship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190264390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190264390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry O. Maier, author
Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, Vancouver School of Theology