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Colossians Remixed: Subverting The Empire Paperback – 1 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842273566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842273562
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kevin Hargaden on 13 Jan. 2007
This was the first book I read in 2007 and I suspect it will turn out to be the best. I have never taken such care over the reading of a book; often re-reading paragraphs four or five times to digest them and to see them from every angle. This is a superb book that I cannot recommend highly enough.

The book is an attempt to see the short letter to the Colossians with fresh eyes. I can't overstate how successful the authors (a married couple) are in their intention. By critically arshalling the tools of post-modern deconstruction they show us how politically charged a text it would have been to its first hearers and successfully translate that political message for our day.

Despite its engagement with post-modern literary theory, this is not a book that comes from the Emergent Church. The authors are totally orthodox, in the fullness of that word and this could be read easily by Christians of any shape or colour, Protestant or Catholic or Orthodox. They never clumsily use the key terms that they feel they must utilise to do justice to the case Paul brings to the Colossae churches. So although controversial words like "globalisation", "hegemony", "postmodernity", "realitivism" and most potently "empire" are used, they are expertly defined within clear parameters.

The argument of the book, briefly, is that Colossians was an incendiary political tract that argued the message of Christ was much more than just a series of abstract Platonic concepts to be grasped and internally adhered to but that Christ's claim to supremacy placed him centre in every aspect of life- whether that is how a wealthy person treats their slaves, how a husband treats their wife or how a community of believers relates to an Empire that is inherently hostile to the fullness of their message.
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A book committed to discovering how the Letter matters today, not just in a 'spiritual', individual sense, but in relation to the structures and values of society that shape our lives and direct the world,economically, socially and ecologically. Some might find the equation of empire with corporate globalization overdrawn but the authors make you think and challenge you to act. Well worth the read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Mccormick on 25 Nov. 2008
With the last century of study seemingly focusing on the Colossian heresy this postmodern friendly, highly readable 'commentary' (of sorts) on Colossians seems to be the cutting edge of current Colossian scholarship. It brings a fresh perspective on an interesting book of the New Testament exploring themes of subversion in relation to the Roman Empire, and culture of the time. A fascinating study.
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