The Politics of Inheritance in Romans

The Politics of Inheritance in Romans

by Mark Forman
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The Politics of Inheritance in Romans

Mark Forman explores the extent to which Paul's concept of 'inheritance' in Romans, and its associated imagery, logic and arguments, served to evoke socio-political expectations that were different to those which prevailed in contemporary Roman imperial discourse. Forman explores how Paul deploys the idea of inheritance in Romans and analyses the sources which inform and overlap with this concept. Coins, literature and architecture are all examined in order to understand the purpose, hopes and expectations of first-century society. This book contributes to recent studies covering Paul and politics by arguing that Paul's concept of inheritance subverts and challenges first-century Roman ideologies.

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ISBN-13: 9780521769099
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2011
Series: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series , #148
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Forman is an independent researcher. His research is concerned with first-century and contemporary land ownership, inheritance and possession and the ways this creates power and causes vulnerability.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the politics of inheritance?;
2. Some features of Greco-Roman society in the symbols, rituals, and literature of Paul's time;
3. Promising the world: inheritance in Romans 4:13-25;
4. Suffering 'conquerors': inheritance in Romans 8:17-39;
5. Riches for the world: inheritance in Romans 11:1;
6. 'Lords' over all the world: inheritance in Galatians;
7. Inheritance in 1 Corinthians and Colossians;
8. Conclusions.

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