Jesus and Empire

Jesus and Empire

Jesus and Empire Building on his earlier studies of Jesus Galilee and the social upheavals in Roman Palestine Horsley focuses his attention on how Jesus proclamation of the kingdom of God relates to Roman and Herod

  • Title: Jesus and Empire
  • Author: Richard A. Horsley
  • ISBN: 9780800634902
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • Building on his earlier studies of Jesus, Galilee, and the social upheavals in Roman Palestine, Horsley focuses his attention on how Jesus proclamation of the kingdom of God relates to Roman and Herodian power politics In addition he examines how modern ideologies relate to Jesus proclamation.

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    I wanted to like this book more than I ended up doing. Horsley's overall point is well taken - that Jesus' teachings are too often co-opted by individualism and contemporary philosophical categories, including a split between religion and politics. He wants us to return to the covenantal, Jewish Jesus who was political and railed against power and empire. On these points Horsley is quite good. Unfortunately, his methodology is suspect. An acceptance of the supposed Q document source sours the go [...]

    Horsley begins by dismantling the ways in which our contemporary culture views and subsequently understands Jesus. He aptly shows how the lenses through which we view Jesus, and the conclusions we draw as a result, present a picture of Jesus that represents our priorities rather than those of the first century peasant we have come to revere and worship. He suggests a new way of understanding the historical Jesus: The contextual/relational approach, based on understanding the context in which the [...]

    An incredibly important book, it should be required reading for all Christians interested in understanding the historical Jesus in his social context. It provides effective critiques of both conservative and liberal views on the historical Jesus, plus a chapter outlining the damning parallels between America and Rome vis-à-vis militant imperialism and economic exploitation.

    Horsley brings an interesting spin on Jesus' stance towards the Roman empire. Horsley goes to great lengths arguing that Jesus was confronting and condemning the currupt Roman system of power. Often his reasoning is a bit of a stretch. I loved the chapter on the founding father's two metaphors for the new world.

    It was ok. I think he assumed everything Jesus said was about social or political relations. I think this was because he believed Jesus was a prophet unlike Moses and Elijah.

    Highly recommended as an introduction to a social critical understanding of Jesus. It is pretty readable, short and life-changing.

    Good analysis of the Roman context of Jesus, but nothing very new for me and quickly overshadowed by the next book I read.

    It was good and inspiring, but unfortunately very theoretical. So there was a part in the middle where reading was very tiring

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