Week 4, Roman Imperialism and Christian Scribality, Werner H. Kelber, (Sugirtharajah)

October 22, 2007

Kelber emphasizes that the scribal medium in antiquity was significant in the identity formation of early Christians. Looking at how early Christian writers developed their message in the context of Roman imperialism, Kelber elaborates on the way in which opposition toward the Roman empire is downplayed in Markan and Lukan texts. I found it interesting to hear a bit more about the extent to which this occurred particularly within the gospel of Luke in order that the gospel could gain appeal amongst the Gentile world. The way in which the Roman Empire was indirectly confronted through John’s Apocalypse through the use of imagery becomes the clearest example of counter-discourse taking shape within early Christian scribality.  

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One Response to “Week 4, Roman Imperialism and Christian Scribality, Werner H. Kelber, (Sugirtharajah)”

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