In the Shadow of Empire
The Bible tells the stories of many empires. And many are still considered some of the largest of the ancient and classical world: the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and finally the Romans. In this provocative book, nine...
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The Bible tells the stories of many empires. And many are still considered some of the largest of the ancient and classical world: the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and finally the Romans. In this provocative book, nine experts bring a critical analysis of these world empires in^the background of the Old and New Testaments. As they explain, the Bible developed against the^context of these empires, providing concrete meaning to the countercultural claims of Jews and^Christians that their God was the true King, the real Emperor. Each chapter describes how to read the^Bible as a reaction to empire and points to how to respond to the biblical message to resist imperial^powers in every age.
^Contributors are Norman K. Gottwald, Walter L. Brueggemann, Jon L. Berquist, John Dominic^Crossan, Richard A. Horsley, Warren Carter, Brigitte Kahl, Neal Elliott, and Greg Carey.
Richard A. Horsley, is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of numerous books, including The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World; Jesus and the Spiral of Violence; Jesus and the Empire; Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History; Wisdom and Spiritual Transcendence at Corinth and 1 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentary).
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