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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible as a handbook for resistance, 25 April 2009
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Jeremy Bevan (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars collection of articles covering the subject, 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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