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Bibil Identifier bibil:210175
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Eagle and the Dove
Title (English, ) Roman Imperial Sonship and the Baptism of Jesus (Mark 1.9-11)
Author Peppard, Michael
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 56, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 431-451 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay argues that the common understanding of imperial divine sonship among biblical scholars can be reframed by emphasizing the importance of adoption in Roman society and imperial ideology. A case study from the Gospel of Mark—the portrayal of Jesus' baptism—demonstrates some of the pay-off for reading the NT with a newly contextualized perspective on divine sonship. Through engagement with diverse sources from the Hellenistic and Roman eras, the dove will be interpreted as an omen and counter-symbol to the Roman eagle, which was a public portent of divine favor, election, and ascension to power.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688510000159
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Son of God
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Baptism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion
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