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Jesus and the Powers

Richard A Horsley

Jesus and the Powers

Richard A Horsley

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Refuting a false dichotomy between "politics" and "religion" In Jesus' world (and our own), Jesus and the Powers rediscovers Jesus' response to the imperial power of his day.

Richard A. Horsley describes the relevance of political realities under great empires for understanding the rise of covenantal theology and apocalyptic vision in Israel's history. Then he explores aspects of Jesus' activity in the context of the Roman Empire. Horsley examines Jesus as an exorcist and prophetic figure and the character of his death by crucifixion. He also shows how the community life in the early Pauline assemblies gave form to a new response to imperial powers--and stimulus to contemporary readers to re-imagine their own response to political realities in our own day.

"The Powers That Be are among the most puzzling aspects in all Scripture. Horsley brings together the theme of the restoration of the people of God with the transformation of the Powers in an illuminating and accessible style. The implications of the teaching and acts of Jesus for our own time blaze a trail in this brilliant and thoughtprovoking book."^
Walter Wink, Author of Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament^and Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System

^^"In Jesus and the Powers, Richard Horsley synthesizes a broad array of insights into the polyvalent character of 'power' in ancient cultures and brings this synthesis to bear on a provocative description of the message, activities, and impact of Jesus. Horsley takes seriously not only the context in which Jesus lived, called for renewal, and died but also the sustained narrative presentations of the Gospels as the basis for an account of Jesus' life and significance. Especially stimulating is Horsley's account of the crucifixion as the decisive moment of empowerment for the continuation and growth of the early Jesus movements."^
Daniel A. Smith^Associate Professor of New Testament Language and Literature^Huron University College, London, Ontario



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Refuting a false dichotomy between "politics" and "religion" In Jesus' world (and our own), Jesus and the Powers rediscovers Jesus' response to the imperial power of his day.

Richard A. Horsley describes the relevance of political realities under great empires for understanding the rise of covenantal theology and apocalyptic vision in Israel's history. Then he explores aspects of Jesus' activity in the context of the Roman Empire. Horsley examines Jesus as an exorcist and prophetic figure and the character of his death by crucifixion. He also shows how the community life in the early Pauline assemblies gave form to a new response to imperial powers--and stimulus to contemporary readers to re-imagine their own response to political realities in our own day.

"The Powers That Be are among the most puzzling aspects in all Scripture. Horsley brings together the theme of the restoration of the people of God with the transformation of the Powers in an illuminating and accessible style. The implications of the teaching and acts of Jesus for our own time blaze a trail in this brilliant and thoughtprovoking book."^
Walter Wink, Author of Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament^and Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System

^^"In Jesus and the Powers, Richard Horsley synthesizes a broad array of insights into the polyvalent character of 'power' in ancient cultures and brings this synthesis to bear on a provocative description of the message, activities, and impact of Jesus. Horsley takes seriously not only the context in which Jesus lived, called for renewal, and died but also the sustained narrative presentations of the Gospels as the basis for an account of Jesus' life and significance. Especially stimulating is Horsley's account of the crucifixion as the decisive moment of empowerment for the continuation and growth of the early Jesus movements."^
Daniel A. Smith^Associate Professor of New Testament Language and Literature^Huron University College, London, Ontario


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Meet the Author

Richard A Horsley

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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  • Catalogue Code 305231
  • Product Code 9780800697082
  • ISBN 0800697081
  • EAN 9780800697082
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2010
  • Sales Rank #54080
  • Dimensions 226 x 152 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.409kg

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