1. As someone who usually just lurks, I am commenting because reading this post made me say “D’oh!” in my head. The notion that the language of “new creation” might well be part of the larger ideological milieu was just not something I thought about one way or another.

    It would be interesting to read on this topic further and more deeply. Perhaps some of the author’s primary sources from Roman officials and their mouthpieces and propaganda machinery? Anyway, it is tantalizing, to say the least. Thanks for this, Joel.


    1. yeah, it’s a monograph. sometimes, however, you can wait and see if it is going to come out by another publisher at a much reduced volume


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