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Emperor Worship
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1. In early antiquity an idea of charismatic kingship was widespread from Mesopotamia to Germany. This notion ascribed a divine origin to rulers in their responsibility for the cult, which was the basis of public well-being. In Egypt this impulse resulted in the divine monarchy of the pharaoh, who was regarded as the son of Amon-Re and who was venerated, usually after death, only on the basis of his beneficence. Under Ramses II, however, there is evidence for actual worship of a statue of the living ruler. In view of its critical orientation to Yahweh, traces of this notion are rare in t…

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Karrer, Martin, “Emperor Worship”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E223>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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