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Israel Kamudzandu's Abraham as Spiritual Ancestor. A Postcolonial Zimbabwean PDF

By Israel Kamudzandu

ISBN-10: 9004181644

ISBN-13: 9789004181649

Drawing at the ideology of the Augustan period of making ancestors, this ebook is set Paul's artistic building of Abraham as a non secular ancestor of all"" those that have the religion of Abraham and Sarah. The e-book breaks new accademic grounds at the

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P. Wiseman, who provides the reader with the best insight into disputes and claims for Aeneas as an ancestor of Greeks and Romans in his book The Myths of Rome, 11–21. 17 Erich S. Gruen, Culture and National Identity in Republican Rome (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992), 6–51. According to Gruen, the canonical tradition on Rome’s origins had taken firm root by the Age of Augustus. 2. 18 Marianne Palmer-Bonz, The Past As Legacy, 38–9 (see chap. 1, n. 108). See also Michael Grant, Roman Myths (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1971), who states the following on page 44: “The myth of Aeneas was closely associated with the family and person of Augustus, who claimed direct descent from him by right of adoption by Julius Caesar.

Pauline exegetes must remember that Paul’s earliest readers were inhabitants of the Roman Empire, and their knowledge of, and reactions to, the aggressive ideology of the Empire must be taken into account. The most important document to take as an intertext with Romans 4 may be the Augustan document known as the Res Gestae Divi Augusti19 (hereafter referred to as the Res Gestae). 20 These concepts are also important in Romans. The Greek terms epeikei, arête and eireene, which are very familiar in Paul, are also found in the Res Gestae.

Using Aeneas as a paradigm makes it possible to read Abraham cross-culturally. 108 The Apostle’s Creed. See also John H. , Creeds of the Churches (Garden City: Doubleday, 1963), 24–5. 109 See the narrative in Luke 16:19–31, where the above description seems apt. CHAPTER ONE THE ANCESTOR IN GRECOROMAN CULTURE: THE CASE OF AENEAS Pauline commentators often overlook two important cultural points when reading Romans. 1 Members of these house churches probably knew about Aeneas, and the power attached to the Aeneas myth as a story of self-definition, reconciliation, and collaboration.

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