Emperor Worship
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Emperor Worship
Emperor Worship A kind of state religion in which an emperor, or a dynasty of emperors (or rulers of another title), are worshiped as messiahs, demigods, or deities. For further information, see this article: Roman Religions and the Imperial Cult.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Emperor Worship
Emperor Worship. Exaltation of human rulers as divine, especially the Roman emperors, a practice that included dedicating temples and offering sacrifices to them.Emperor worship had its origins in the Near Eastern practice of considering the king divine. The Egyptian pharaoh was considered a descendant
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Emperor Worship
EMPEROR WORSHIP — a pagan custom of ancient times in which a ruler claimed for himself the qualities of a god and was so treated by those whom he ruled.Many nations of the ancient world followed the custom of worshiping their rulers. The Egyptians, for example, claimed their Pharaohs had descended from
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Emperor Worship
EMPEROR WORSHIP Practice of assigning the status of deity to current or deceased rulers.Old Testament Although the term “emperor worship” is usually applied to the Roman cult, there were similar beliefs and practices in OT times. In Egypt, for example, the current ruler was considered the incarnation
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Emperor Worship
emperor worship. The worship of the Roman emperor as a divine being—the cause and occasion of the tragic rift between the empire and the church—began spontaneously in the eastern provinces, was recognized by Augustus and Tiberius, and was progressively promoted by their successors as a political measure.
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
Emperor Worship
EMPEROR WORSHIPTo God alone we render worship. However, in other things we gladly serve you, acknowledging you as kings and rulers of men. Justin Martyr (c. 160, E), 1.168.You will say to me, then, “Why do you not worship the king?” The answer is that he is not made to be worshipped, but to be reverenced
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EMPEROR WORSHIP. Scholars use the term “emperor worship” or, more often, “imperial cult(s)” to refer to a variety of phenomena in the Roman world that involved the emperors or members of the imperial family as recipients of honors traditionally directed at gods or goddesses, primarily sacrifice and related
Key passages
Da 3:1–29

Nebuchadnezzar the king made a statue of gold. Its height was sixty cubits and its width was six cubits; he set it up in the valley of Dura in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent directions to assemble the satraps, …