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Early Christian epigraphy, evil, and the apotropaic function of Romans 8.31

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Epigraphic evidence offers an important and yet oft-neglected dimension to the history of biblical reception. One of the most curious cases of epigraphic incidence of a biblical text is the use of Romans 8.31. Within early Christian writings, this Pauline passage is used approximately 20 times across nine different writers before 604 CE. However, the words of Romans 8.31 may be found on at least 23 epigraphic artifacts from this same period, and in particular, on the door lintels of homes. Th...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1163/15700720-12341291

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Theology Faculty, Theology and Religion Faculty
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers Publisher's website
Journal:
Vigiliae Christianae Journal website
Volume:
71
Issue:
3
Pages:
315 – 329
Publication date:
2017-05-08
Acceptance date:
2016-07-11
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EISSN:
1570-0720
ISSN:
0042-6032
URN:
uuid:c46aec8c-2c6e-4fd9-8bda-45d349908d92
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633461
Local pid:
pubs:633461

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