In Stone and Story

Early Christianity in the Roman World


Chapter 7: Genius & Emperor

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the *genius* (or *juno*)? In what ways might this ancient notion be reflected in texts of the New Testament? Are there features of today’s world that might correspond to this ancient perception?
  2. How do New Testament authors interact with first-century worship of the genius of the emperor? How might different social contexts have led Jesus-followers to adopt responses to emperor worship? To apostolic assessments of emperor worship?
  3. How does the author of Revelation envision Roman power? How would this have affected the potential for Christian groups to have influence within society?