Christ and Caesar
The slogan "Paul and the Empire" is much in vogue in New Testament scholarship today. But did Paul truly formulate his gospel in antithesis to the Roman imperial cult and ideology and seek to subvert the Empire? In Christ and...
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The slogan "Paul and the Empire" is much in vogue in New Testament scholarship today. But did Paul truly formulate his gospel in antithesis to the Roman imperial cult and ideology and seek to subvert the Empire? In Christ and Caesar Seyoon Kim first examines five epistles of Paul exegetically and shows how the dominant anti-imperial interpretation is actually difficult to sustain.
^^Next he examines the Lukan writings (Luke-Acts) to see how Luke talks about the encounters of Paul and other gospel preachers with Roman imperialism. Kim explores why it is that Luke makes no effort to present Christ's redemption as materialized in terms of political liberation. Finally, Kim compares the exaltation Christologies of Luke, Revelation, Paul, and Hebrews and inquires about the hermeneutical possibility of developing a political Christology in our present-day context.
Seyoon Kim (Ph.D., University of Manchester) has made an invaluable contribution to the Fuller community as a professor of New Testament and director of the Korean D.Min program since he joined the faculty in 1995. A New Testament scholar, he has lectured at various Korean, American, and European universities and seminaries.
To Kim's already considerable list of books and articles, he has recently added First Corinthians Expounded to The Gospel of John Expounded, Philippians Expounded, Women Created and Redeemed by God, What is the Gospel?, Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul's Gospel, and The Lord's Prayer Expounded. His latest works are 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Word Biblical Commentary Series), and Christ and Caesar. Kim was voted the most influential Korean theologian in an opinion poll conducted among Korean pastors by the Korean national daily newspaper Dong-A Ilbo.