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Greenville College Professor Contributes To Book On Early Christians

Wayman book contribution

A book just released by Brill publishers features a chapter authored by Ben Wayman ’02, assistant professor of theology at Greenville College. 

Sacred Scripture and Secular Struggles, edited by David V. Meconi, S.J., shows how early Christians used their own canonical scriptures to address concerns central to life in the Roman Empire – matters like imperial power, slavery, wealth, suicide and “other fundamental issues brought about by the convergence of empire and ecclesia.”

The volume includes Wayman’s chapter, “Diodore on the Politics of Kingship in Psalm 2” and draws from his expertise on Diodore, a fourth-century pastor, teacher and bishop. Wayman is the author of Diodore the Theologian (Brepols Publishers, 2014).

Meconi sets the stage for Wayman’s chapter by highlighting Wayman’s contention that fourth-century Christians resisted imperial claims of the state. Instead, they insisted on a “subversive politic,” namely, that kingship belonged to Christ, not Caesar. Wayman uses the term “cruciform politic” to describe the politic established by the crucified King and embraced by early Christians.

Wayman’s chapter also reveals how Diodore’s distinctive use of the psalms and mature Christology show, in Meconi’s words, that “the Son of God and the Son of Mary coalesce perfectly in the new king of Israel, Jesus Christ, who is also perfect God and the perfect man in whom all other men and women now find their truest identity.”

Read more about Ben Wayman’s writing:

Religion and Philosophy Professor Publishes Diodore the Theologian

Make the Words Your Own: GC Professor Benjamin Wayman Publishes Guide to the Psalms

He Says, She Says, The Gospel Says

GC Religion Professor Explores Wisdom About Gender Equality in New Edition of Ordaining Women

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This story was published on October 13, 2015

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