The Church in Exile
The people of God throughout history have been a people of exile and diaspora. Whether under the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks or Romans, the people chosen by God have had to learn how to be a holy people in alien lands...
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The people of God throughout history have been a people of exile and diaspora. Whether under the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks or Romans, the people chosen by God have had to learn how to be a holy people in alien lands and under foreign rule. For much of its history, however, the Christian church lived with the sense of being at home in the world, with considerable influence and power. That age of Christendom is now over, and as Lee Beach demonstrates, this is something for which the church should be grateful. The "peace" of Christendom was a false one, and there is no comfortable normalcy to which we can or should return.Drawing on a close engagement with Old Testament and New Testament texts, The Church in Exile offers a biblical and practical theology for the church in a post-Christian age. Beach helps the people of God today to develop a hopeful and prophetic imagination, a theology responsive to its context, and an exilic identity marked by faithfulness to God's mission in the world.
- The People Of God Throughout History Have Been A People Of Exile And Diaspora. Whether Under The Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks Or Romans, The People Chosen By God Have Had To Learn How To Be A Holy People In Alien Lands And Under Foreign Rule. For Much Of Its History, However, The Christian Church Lived With The Sense Of Being At Home In The World, With Considerable Influence And Power. That Age Of Christendom Is Now Over, And As Lee Beach Demonstrates, This Is Something For Which The Church Should Be Grateful. The "peace" Of Christendom Was A False One, And There Is No Comfortable Normalcy To Which We Can Or Should Return.drawing On A Close Engagement With Old Testament And New Testament Texts, <em>the Church In Exile</em> Offers A Biblical And Practical Theology For The Church In A Post-christian Age. Beach Helps The People Of God Today To Develop A Hopeful And Prophetic Imagination, A Theology Responsive To Its Context, And An Exilic Identity Marked By Faithfulness To God's Mission In The World.
- <strong>part I: A Theology Of Exile</strong>
- 1. Exile As A Motif For The Church2. Exile In The Old Testament3. Esther As Advice For Exiles4. Daniel As Advice For Exiles5. Jonah As Advice For Exiles?6. Jesus And Exile In The Early Church7. The Exilic Wisdom Of 1 Peter
- <strong>part Ii: The Practices Of Exile</strong>
- 8. Leading The Church In Exile: Generating Hope9. Thinking Like Exiles: A Responsive Theology10. Holiness: An Exilic Identity11. Exilic Mission: Engaging The Culture As Exiles12. Restoration: A New Home For Exiles
- Conclusion: Converting The Churchbibliographyauthor Indexsubject Indexscripture Index