Tae Hun Kim, «The Anarthrous ui(o\j qeou= in Mark 15,39 and the Roman Imperial Cult», Vol. 79 (1998) 221-241
This article points up evidence by which the language of the Roman imperial cult might help make clearer what a reader of Mark's Gospel might understand when the centurion (Mark 15,39) refers to Jesus as ui(o\j qeou=. Knowing how an audience familiar with this cult language would react, Mark intentionally speaks of Jesus as ui(o\j qeou= at 1,1, as well as at 15,39.
appear to have officially used the title for himself and the evidence available seems to support the view 34. Therefore, it appears safe to assume that Tiberius did not officially use the title for himself or did so very rarely.
The titles and divine honors of other emperors up to Vespasian will be treated briefly. The inscriptions listed here are all in Greek so that they may clarify the connection between divi filius and qeou= ui(o\j. What is noteworthy about the titles of other emperors is that none of the following emperors officially claimed to be called divi filius (or qeou= ui(o\j). Although they lavished upon themselves the utmost praise and honor possible, none of the emperors officially