Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 4, 2004 - Religion - 256 pages
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Have we really heard the message of Colossians? Is this New Testament book just another religious text whose pretext is an ideological grab for dominating power? Reading Colossians in context, ancient and contemporary, can perhaps give us new ears to hear. In this innovative and refreshing book Brian J. Walsh and Sylvia C. Keesmaat explain our own sociocultural context to then help us get into the world of the New Testament and get a sense of the power of the gospel as it addressed those who lived in Colossae two thousand years ago. Their reading presents us with a radical challenge from the apostle Paul for today. Drawing together biblical scholarship with a passion for authentic lives that embody the gospel, this groundbreaking interpretation of Colossians provides us with tools to subvert the empire of our own context in a way that acknowledges the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
 

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User Review  - jd234512 - LibraryThing

If I had read this book several years ago, I believe my review of it would have been even more positive. This is largely because this idea of subverting the empire was a fresh idea that was really ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jason Barr - Christianbook.com

Yes, it's a rather difficult read, but it's totally worth it. Brian and Sylvia skillfully weave together solid exegesis, intricacies of postmodern and post-colonial social theory, the contemporary ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
CONTEXT REMIXED COLOSSIANS AND EMPIRE
13
Placing Ourselves Globalization and Postmodernity
15
Colossians and Disquieted Globalization
38
Placing Colossians Discerning Empire
49
Contested Fruitfulness in the Shadow of Empire
65
TRUTH REMIXED CONTESTED IMAGINATIONS
77
Subversive Poetry and Contested Imagination
79
PRAXIS REMIXED SUBVERSIVE ETHICS
145
An Ethic of Secession
147
An Ethic of Community
169
An Ethic of Liberation
201
A Suffering Ethic
220
Bibliography
234
Author Index
247
Subject Index
249

Regimes of Truth and the Word of Truth
96
What Is Truth?
115
Faithful Improvisation and Idollatrous Lies
132

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About the author (2004)

Brian J. Walsh serves as the Christian Reformed Church chaplain to the University of Toronto. With Richard J. Middleton, he wrote The Transforming Vision and Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be (both IVP). He is also the author of Langdon Gilkey (University Press of America, 1992) and Subversive Christianity (Alta Vista College Press, 1994).

Keesmaat is adjunct professor of biblical studies and hermeneutics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. She wrote two articles for the IVP Women's Bible Commentary, and she wrote the book Paul and His Story (Sheffield, 1999). She is also editor of The Advent of Justice (Dordt College Press, 1994).

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