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Divine and Roman Warriors: The Roman Imperial Cuirass in 1 Thessalonians 5:1–10

Janssen, David (2020) Divine and Roman Warriors: The Roman Imperial Cuirass in 1 Thessalonians 5:1–10. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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This thesis adopts Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation to explore the impact of Paul’s use of armour language in 1 Thessalonians 5:8. The approach examines the interaction of visual, cultural and written texts (‘textures’) related to the discourse of 1 Thessalonians 5:1–10. Specific consideration is given to the blending of imagery from Roman Imperial cuirass breastplate statue types and the Divine Warrior motif. The thesis contends that, rather than emphasising eschatological alertness or readiness for cosmic battle, Paul’s transposition of these figures informs the identity and behaviour of the implied audience in a civic context where clear tensions are emerging because of their faithful response to Christ.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Divine Warrior, Divine Violence, Isaiah 58:17, Sociorhetorical Interpretation, Intertextuality, Rhetography, Apostle Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:1–10, 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Roman Imperial Statuary, Roman Iconography, Anti-imperial rhetoric
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 01:15
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 01:17
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/4088

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