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Letters of the Apostle Paul
Laura Nasrallah, Harvard University
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The Priene Inscription
Notes taken on February 26, 2014 by Edward Tanguay
the communities to which Paul writes are part of a broader range of Jewish identity
Gentiles were interested in Judaism
diaspora Jews were interested in being in Christ
Polybius offered story of the succession of empires from 264-146 BC
Book of Daniel offered story of the succession of empires set in the time of Babylonian captivity
Josephus writes not as an objective historian of the Jewish War but as someone in the pay of the Roman imperial household of the Flavians, the ones who had burned the Temple
translates Jewish philosophies to a non-Jewish audience
Priene [PRIGH-ee-nay] Inscription
found on rocks in modern day Priene, Turkey
found in the hall of the city, or stoa
room was probably used for the cult of Roma, the Greek goddess which personified Rome, and the cult of Augustus, both of whom were probably worshiped here
so Preine is a an ancient city steeped in Greek culture, but we find evidence of the honoring of Rome, Roma, and Augustus in at least three locations
two blocks: one knee high, one waist high, one of blue lime stone, one of white marble
as a governmental notice, its content is very dry
first part
letter from proconsul Paulus Fabius Maximus
proposal for a new calendar for the province of Asia
the birthday of the divine Caesar (Augustus) brings good fortune to all and suggests that the Asian League reorder their calendar to start on Octavian's birthday
second part
the league of cities of Asia respond positively
agreed that the new year would begin on September 23, the birthday of Augustus
the act described on the Priene Inscription is simultaneously political and religious
it takes part in a long tradition of honoring rules and emperors
these inscriptions were placed in centers of government and power