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Becoming Christian: On the Identification of Christ-Believers as Χριστιανοί
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1212-6490
2020 (English)In: Journal of Early Christian History, E-ISSN 2471-4054, no 3, p. 64-82Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The origin of the designation χριστιανός is ambiguous. In this article, the use of this term is studied with special emphasis on how it reflects the selfunderstanding of the early Christians in the respective texts. In the late first and early second centuries, the term appears to have been something of a title of honour and an ideal which Christ-believers wished to attain. Toward the end of the second century, χριστιανός was somewhat diluted into referring to Christians as a group in general.

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2020. no 3, p. 64-82
Keywords [en]
Christian, χριστιανός, 1 Peter, Acts, Pliny, Ignatius of Antioch, Suetonius, Epistle to Diognetus
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History of Religions Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, New testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1145DOI: 10.1080/2222582X.2020.1785905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1145DiVA, id: diva2:1488783
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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