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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664232329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664232320
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard A. Horsley is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a prolific author with twenty New Testament studies to his credit, including Scribes, Visionaries, and the Politics of Second Temple Judea, published by WJK.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 April 2009
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This is an extraordinary series of essays from a group of American theologians, showing how texts right thoughout the Bible can, and in an age of (American) imperialism should, be read as subverting empire's claims to the loyalties of people of faith. The best pieces in this high-quality selection are from Norman Gottwald on how Israelite origins in revolt against oppression (which he situates in Canaan, rather than Egypt) mark them out as a prototype anti-imperial community; and Jon Berquist on resistance to the Persian empire in the writings of the later prophets. In the Christian New Testament, editor Horsley's own piece on Jesus against the moneychangers as a symbol of the clash with empire is brilliant and inspiring, while Greg Carey's construal of Revelation against the backdrop of Roman oppression is measured and wise. There's an occasional feeling that contributors are straining to find material to fit the theme, but even here (as with Brigitte Kahl's piece on Acts) the essays are provocative and throw up enough insights to make you want to explore the author's arguments further. An important new perspective in theology - all the more so coming from Americans who use their chosen texts to critique their own country's sometimes ruthlessly violent expansionist pretensions, and make a timely call for changes in policy as the USA opens (in early 2009) a new chapter in its political history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 26 April 2013
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This book is made up of chapters written by different academic authors addressing the overriding issue of empire.
This is excellently written and edited into a volume that is difficult to be without especially if you are a student of 'Revelation'.
A refreshing but serious look at the subject in a way that can be assimilated by most readers. A good buy and a good reference book to have on the shelf
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mixed collection of articles from liberal scholars 6 Sep 2010
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on
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This was a very interesting collection of articles that encourage readers to read the Bible as a history of resistance to anti-faith empires, and I am sympathetic to the overall thesis, even if I demur at some of the particulars (questionable interpretations of Jesus' statement "Give to Caesar What is Caesar's and to God what is God's).

I think the writers wisely note Israel's resistance to anti-God regimes in Egypt, Babylon, the Medo-Persian Empire, and the Roman Empire of Jesus' day. The interpretation of Revelation was also well done.

The article about Paul's writings was the worst one of the bunch. All of a sudden on page 114, Neil Elliott launches an inexplicable, inaccurate, withering assault on the credibility and integrity of the apostle Paul and what he wrote in Holy Scripture. It is so arrogant, and so sacrilegious that I question the wisdom of the editor in allowing Elliot to leave it in the book.

But generally speaking, in spite of the terribly liberal biases of Elliot and one or two of the other writers, I think the book does a good job of highlighting the Bible as a history and narrative of faithful resistance and questioning of real politik.
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