The Politics of Jesus

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 9, 1994 - Religion - 257 pages
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Tradition has painted a portrait of a Savior aloof from governmental concerns and whose teachings point to an apolitical life for his disciples. How, then, are we to respond today to a world so thoroughly entrenched in national and international affairs? But such a picture of Jesus is far from accurate, argues John Howard Yoder.

Using the texts of the New Testament, Yoder critically examines the traditional portrait of Jesus as an apolitical figure and attempts to clarify the true impact of Jesus' life, work, and teachings on his disciples' social behavior.

The book first surveys the multiple ways the image of an apolitical Jesus has been propagated, then canvasses the Gospel narrative to reveal how Jesus is rightly portrayed as a thinker and leader immediately concerned with the agenda of politics and the related issues of power, status, and right relations. Selected passages from the epistles corroborate a Savior deeply concerned with social, political, and moral issues.

In this thorough revision of his acclaimed 1972 text, Yoder provides updated interaction with publications touching on this subject. Following most of the chapters are new "epilogues" that summarize research conducted during the last two decades -- research that continues to support the insights set forth in Yoder's original work.

Currently a standard in many college and seminary ethics courses, The Politics of Jesus is also an excellent resource for the general reader desiring to understand Christ's response to the world of politics and his will for those who would follow him.
 

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User Review  - aevaughn - LibraryThing

I will never read the Gospels in the same way after reading this book. I also appreciate how he shows this works into Paul's writings as well. Hopefully, one day I'll get to do a class on this book. Read full review

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This was a book I've been wanting to read for quite a while so I definitely went in with high expectations. As I read through the introduction, I was extremely happy to find out that this would not be ... Read full review

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Contents

The Possibility of a Messianic Ethic
1
The Kingdom Coming
21
The Implications of the Jubilee
60
God Will Fight for Us
76
The Possibility of Nonviolent Resistance
89
Trial Balance
93
The Disciple of Christ and the Way of Jesus
107
Christ and Power
129
Revolutionary Subordination
157
Let Every Soul Be Subject Romans 13 and the Authority of the State
188
Justification by Grace through Faith
207
The War of the Lamb
223
Index of Names
243
Index of Scripture References
246
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