Jesus and Empire The Kingdom of God and the New World

Jesus and Empire The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder ❰Read❯ ➫ Jesus and Empire The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder Author Richard A. Horsley – Building on his earlier studies of Jesus Galilee and the social upheavals in Roman Palestine Horsley focuses his attention on how Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God relates to Roman and Herodia Building Empire The Kingdom of ePUB ´ on his Empire The Epub Ù earlier studies of Jesus Galilee and the social upheavals in Roman Palestine Horsley focuses his attention on how Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God relates to Roman and Herodian power politics In addition he examines how modern ideologies relate to Jesus' proclamation.

  • Paperback
  • 178 pages
  • Jesus and Empire The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder
  • Richard A. Horsley
  • English
  • 05 November 2014
  • 9780800634902

10 thoughts on “Jesus and Empire The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder

  1. Adam Ross Adam Ross says:

    I wanted to like this book than I ended up doing Horsley's overall point is well taken that Jesus' teachings are too often co opted by individualism and contemporary philosophical categories including a split between religion and politics He wants us to return to the covenantal Jewish Jesus who was political and railed against power and empire On these points Horsley is uite good Unfortunately his methodology is suspect An acceptance of the supposed document source sours the good in the book but the problems then begin to compound upon one another He pits Jesus as a peasant prophet against the Jewish rulers arguing that Jesus was relying not on the OT nor attempting to scrape away the encrustations of Pharisaical legalism from that Old Testament but rather relying on a peasant low village tradition that was in competition with the Jewish rulers who maintained the high tradition of the Old Testament He then pits Gospel against Gospel trying to argue that the anti imperial sections are of the authentic Jesus while the later Kingdom passages were added later to justify the Church's acceptance and compromise with imperial power Heh Just because somebody has a PhD doesn't mean they know what's up This sort of chopping I have absolutely no time for Yet there were a good number of insights scattered throughout enough to warrant three stars but definitely for the reader willing to pick through a book for gems

  2. Danny Danny says:

    A book both interesting and littered with poor reasoning and suspect methodology Much of Horsley's historical reconstructions are apt and helpful for the general reader but I think he gets into a lot of trouble when he tries to fuse those reconstructions into arguments regarding an anti Imperial outlook in the Gospels and in Jesus' teaching I'll say before a few criticisms that I actually agree with Horsley's endgame I agree that Jesus' teachings would direct his followers away from complicity accommodation and compromise with the State But contra Horsley I do not think this is because Jesus was explicitly anti Rome but because he found anything aside from his own kingdom to be a distraction from his greater goalsA few issues1 Horsley relies upon far too much To be honest I actually agree that something like was along with Mark and early source for the Jesus movement and for Matthew and Luke But I do not think we can be nearly as precise regarding if it existed as Horsley argues so his reliance on a very precise construction of leaves a lot of holes and open uestions 2 Horsley's interpretations often angle towards confirming his aims despite the fact that other better interpretive options are available For example if I want to convince you that eating lots of red meat is good for you but I only compare the health benefits with eating the same weight in sugar cookies then of course my red meat will look good in comparison Horsley presents certain aspects of Roman history and a few examples of Second Temple Jewish texts that have some relevance and attempts to paint a picture that is easily called into uestion when other relevant data is introduced3 Horsley often presents data from around Jesus and assumes without proper analysis of Jesus' actions and teachings that those texts and events from around Jesus are relevant to Jesus I think a lot of these assumptions are faulty and can be easily countered For example he presents data from the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple material that shows that the Jews had certain expectations and then assumes that those are relevant without taking into account the large amount of material from the Gospels that demonstrates that Jesus may very well have been purposefully subverting those expectations not trying to confirm them4 Horsley often brings up Jesus' attacks on Jewish leaders and then assumes without strong evidence that Jesus must have also lumped Rome into those critiues There is evidence to the contrary The Gospels seem to often go out of their way to actually absolve a lot of the roman complicity in his death while placing Jesus' critiues suarely on the Jewish leaders It is the Jewish leaders who knew better and those leaders who Jesus goes after strongly; it is the romans who know not what they doI could go on My critiues get uite lengthy and specific I marked up the book extensively Ultimately I think the anti Imperial interpretations of the Bible are half baked and I think that Jesus and the other NT writers were largely ambivalent to Empires I agree with McKnight and Modica when they wrote that to say Jesus is Lord is not really to say Caesar is not it's only to confirm that we cannot say Caesar is lord In other words Jesus wasn't opposed to Rome because it was Rome he just opposed anything that wasn't the kingdom he proclaimed and if Rome gets wrapped into that it's relatively incidental I do not think Horsley proved otherwise

  3. Bret James Stewart Bret James Stewart says:

    Richard Horsley's well written book is for all Christians academics and regular readers alike He promotes a contextual understanding of Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God unimpeded with modern accretions of philosophical ideals and ideologies such as the American love affair with separation of Church and State that would not be present in the Ancient Near Eastern theatre in which Christ operated He does a good job explaining the Kingdom of God in its own context and the Roman imperial context of occupied Israel This is mostly a disorder in contrast to the righteousness of the Kingdom The message of Jesus cries for a radical change that impacts both the individual the family and the community Political change is also a natural result of such a movement In an interesting segment Horsley spends time comparing the modern American system against the Kingdom of God and it not surprisingly does not end up passing the bar forming a disorder with many similarities with the Roman one of Jesus' day I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the message Jesus bore in the gospels and its original contextual meaning as well as the extrapolationapplication involving contemporary American society

  4. Ryan Freeman Ryan Freeman says:

    Genuinely Thought ProvokingWait Are We the baddies??Finally a work that slices through generational theology and gives voice to that uncomfortable lingering feeling I’ve had floating about Excellent read

  5. Thomas Kinsfather Thomas Kinsfather says:

    Horsley brings an interesting spin on Jesus' stance towards the Roman empire Horsley goes to great lengths arguing that Jesus was confronting and condemning the currupt Roman system of power Often his reasoning is a bit of a stretch I loved the chapter on the founding father's two metaphors for the new world

  6. Michael Michael says:

    An incredibly important book it should be reuired reading for all Christians interested in understanding the historical Jesus in his social context It provides effective critiues of both conservative and liberal views on the historical Jesus plus a chapter outlining the damning parallels between America and Rome vis à vis militant imperialism and economic exploitation

  7. Raleigh Raleigh says:

    It was ok I think he assumed everything Jesus said was about social or political relations I think this was because he believed Jesus was a prophet unlike Moses and Elijah

  8. Peter Zylstramoore Peter Zylstramoore says:

    Highly recommended as an introduction to a social critical understanding of Jesus It is pretty readable short and life changing

  9. Matt Matt says:

    Good analysis of the Roman context of Jesus but nothing very new for me and uickly overshadowed by the next book I read

  10. Josua Josua says:

    It was good and inspiring but unfortunately very theoretical So there was a part in the middle where reading was very tiring

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