God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now

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Harper Collins, Mar 13, 2007 - Religion - 272 pages
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At the heart of the Bible is a moral and ethical call to fight unjust superpowers, whether they are Babylon, Rome, or even America.

From the divine punishment and promise found in Genesis through the revolutionary messages of Jesus and Paul, John Dominic Crossan reveals what the Bible has to say about land and economy, violence and retribution, justice and peace, and, ultimately, redemption. In contrast to the oppressive Roman military occupation of the first century, he examines the meaning of the non-violent Kingdom of God prophesized by Jesus and the equality advocated by Paul to the early Christian churches. Crossan contrasts these messages of peace with the misinterpreted apocalyptic vision from the Book of Revelation, which has been misrepresented by modern right-wing theologians and televangelists to justify U.S. military actions in the Middle East.

In God and Empire Crossan surveys the Bible from Genesis to Apocalypse, or the Book of Revelation, and discovers a hopeful message that cannot be ignored in these turbulent times. The first-century Pax Romana, Crossan points out, was in fact a "peace" won through violent military action. Jesus preached a different kind of peaceóa peace that surpasses all understandingóand a kingdom not of Caesar but of God.

The Romans executed Jesus because he preached this Kingdom of God, a kingdom based on peace and justice, over the empire of Rome, which ruled by violence and force. For Jesus and Paul, Crossan explains, peace cannot be won the Roman way, through military victory, but only through justice and fair and equal treatment of all people.

  

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User Review  - BjÝrn Peterson - Goodreads

Well researched and argued. Easy to read. Read full review

Review: God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now

User Review  - Emma Maskell - Goodreads

Intrigued by Crossan's lectures, (which I discovered on You Tube) I decided to give this book a whirl. He references his previous works in his introduction and, to begin with, I felt I may have jumped ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Empire and the Barbarism of Civilization
7
God and the Ambiguity of Power
49
Jesus and the Kingdom of God
97
Paul and the Justice of Equality
143
Apocalypse and the Pornography of Violence
191
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John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He currently serves as the president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus; Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; and, most recently, The Greatest Prayer. Crossan lives in Minneola, Florida.

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