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Greco-Roman Concepts Of Deity

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This chapter discusses the Greco-Roman concepts of deity, or the meaning of ε ς, of the first century in order to ascertain what Paul's readers would have understood when he wrote about God. It describes a statue to give a pictorial rendering from Rome about the associated cult while also reflecting the theology of the people. It looks at how the various myths of Rome shape what the people believed about the nature of the gods, the issue of worship, the idea of triads, and the questions surrounding salvation. Upon Capitoline Hill was the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus. In borrowing from other cultures, cults sprang up around various patrons at various times, usually dedicated to specific deities. The Roman Imperial Cult grew quickly outside of Rome itself since it was an outlet for displays of loyalty to or acclamation of the current ruler of Rome or the favored dynasty.

Keywords:Capitoline Hill; deity; God; Greco-Roman concepts; Jupiter Optimus Maximus; Paul; Roman Imperial Cult

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