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Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies

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The New Testament is immersed in the often hostile world of the Roman Empire, but its relationship to that world is complex. What is meant by Jesus' call to "render unto Caesar" his due, when Luke subversively heralds the arrival...

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The New Testament is immersed in the often hostile world of the Roman Empire, but its relationship to that world is complex. What is meant by Jesus' call to "render unto Caesar" his due, when Luke subversively heralds the arrival of a Savior and Lord who is not Caesar, but Christ? Is there tension between Peter's command to "honor the emperor" and John's apocalyptic denouncement of Rome as "Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots"? Under the direction of editors Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica, respected biblical scholars have come together to investigate an increasingly popular approach in New Testament scholarship of interpreting the text through the lens of empire. The contributors praise recent insights into the New Testament's expos� of Roman statecraft, ideology and emperor worship. But they conclude that rhetoric of anti-imperialism is often given too much sway. More than simply hearing the biblical authors in their context, it tends to govern what they must be saying about their context. The result of this collaboration, Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not, is a groundbreaking yet accessible critical evaluation of empire criticism. Contributors include: David Nystrom on Roman ideology Judith A. Diehl on the state of empire scholarship Joel Willits on Matthew Dean Pinter on Luke Christopher W. Skinner on John's Gospel and Letters Drew Strait on Acts Michael F. Bird on Romans Lynn Cohick on Philippians Allan R. Bevere on Colossians and Philemon Dwight Sheets on Revelation

  • Catalogue Code 83083
  • Product Code 9780830839919
  • ISBN 0830839917
  • EAN 9780830839919
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Ivp Academic
  • Publication Date Apr 2013
  • Sales Rank 63152
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 17mm
  • Weight 0.363kg

Scot McKnight (Ed)

Scot McKnight (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written widely on the historical Jesus, Christian spirituality, and the Emerging Church. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today's book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living. McKnight's blog,, has been a popular site for Emerging Church discussion.

His other publications include: The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus; Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today; Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory; Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us; Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels; The Story of the Christ, with Philip Law; and 1 Peter and Galatians in NIV Application Commentary.

His most recent publications include The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible and James (New International Commentary on the New Testament).

  • Foreword By Andy Crouch
  • Introduction
  • Scot Mcknight And Joseph Modica
  • 1. We Have No King But Caesar: Roman Imperial Ideology And The Imperial Cult
  • David Nystrom
  • 2. Anti-imperial Rhetoric In The New Testament
  • Judith A. Diehl
  • 3. Matthew
  • Joel Willitts
  • 4. The Gospel Of Luke And The Roman Empire
  • Dean Pinter
  • 5. John's Gospel And The Roman Imperial Context: An Evaluation Of Recent Proposals
  • Christopher W. Skinner
  • 6. Proclaiming Another King Named Jesus? The Acts Of The Apostles And The Roman Imperial Cult(s)
  • Drew J. Strait
  • 7. "one Who Will Arise To Rule Over The Nations": Paul's Letter To The Romans And The Roman Empire
  • Michael F. Bird
  • 8. Philippians And Empire: Paul’s Engagement With Imperialism And The Imperial Cult
  • Lynn H. Cohick
  • 9. Colossians And The Rhetoric Of Empire: A New Battle Zone
  • Allan R. Bevere
  • 10. Something Old, Something New: Revelation And Empire
  • Dwight Sheets
  • Conclusion
  • Scot Mcknight And Joseph Modica
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
  • Scripture Index

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