Have we really heard the message of Colossians? Is this New Testament book just another religious text whose pretext is an ideological grab for dominating power? Reading Colossians in context, ancient and contemporary, can perhaps give us new ears to...
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Have we really heard the message of Colossians? Is this New Testament book just another religious text whose pretext is an ideological grab for dominating power? Reading Colossians in context, ancient and contemporary, can perhaps give us new ears to hear.
In this innovative and refreshing book, Brian J Walsh and Sylvia C Keesmaat explain our own sociocultural context to then help us get into the world of the New Testament and get a sense of the power of the gospel as it addressed those who lived in Colossae two thousand years ago. Their reading presents us with a radical challenge from the apostle Paul for today.
Drawing together biblical scholarship with a passion for authentic lives that embody the gospel, this groundbreaking interpretation of Colossians provides us with tools to subvert the empire of our own context in a way that acknowledges the transforming power of Jesus Christ. 256 pages, from IVP.
PrefacePart 1: Context Remixed: Colossians and Empire1. Placing Ourselves: Globalization and Postmodernity2. Colossians and Disquieted Globalization3. Placing Colossians: Discerning Empire4. Contested Fruitfulness in the Shadow of EmpirePart 2: Truth Remixed: Contested Imaginations5. Subversive Poetry and Contested Imagination6. Regimes of Truth and the Word of Truth7. What Is Truth?8. Faithful Improvisation and Idolatrous LiesPart 3: Praxis Remixed: Subversive Ethics9. An Ethic of Secession10. An Ethic of Community11. An Ethic of Liberation12. A Suffering EthicBibliographyAuthor IndexSubject IndexScripture Index
Brian J. Walsh (PhD., McGill University, Montreal) serves as the Christian Reformed Church chaplain to the University of Toronto. With Richard J. Middleton, he wrote The Transforming Vision and Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be (both IVP). He is also the author of Langdon Gilkey (University Press of America, 1992) and Subversive Christianity (Alta Vista College Press, 1994) and Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (with his wife Sylvia Keesmaat)-Editorial Review.
Sylvia C. Keesmaat is adjunct professor of biblical studies and hermeneutics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. She wrote two articles for the IVP Women's Bible Commentary, and she wrote the book Paul & His Story: (Re)Interpreting the Exodus Tradition (Sheffield, 1999). She is also editor of The Advent of Justice (Dordt College Press, 1994) and the co-author of Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire.
- <strong>part 1: Context Remixed: Colossians And Empire</strong>
- 1. Placing Ourselves: Globalization And Postmodernity
- 2. Colossians And Disquieted Globalization
- 3. Placing Colossians: Discerning Empire
- 4. Contested Fruitfulness In The Shadow Of Empire
- <strong>part 2: Truth Remixed: Contested Imaginations</strong>
- 5. Subversive Poetry And Contested Imagination
- 6. Regimes Of Truth And The Word Of Truth
- 7. What Is Truth?
- 8. Faithful Improvisation And Idolatrous Lies
- <strong>part 3: Praxis Remixed: Subversive Ethics</strong>
- 9. An Ethic Of Secession
- 10. An Ethic Of Community
- 11. An Ethic Of Liberation
- 12. A Suffering Ethic
- Author Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index