In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance
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In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance

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The Bible tells the stories of many empires, and many are still considered some of the largest of the ancient and classical world: the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and finally the Romans. In this provocative book, nine experts bring a critical analysis of these world empires in the background of the Old and New Testaments. As they explain, the Bibl...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published October 31st 2008 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Donald Linnemeyer
Overall, the book was alright. It started out fairly strong, with Gottwald and Brueggemann (very interesting stuff on the economics of the ancient world), but went downhill from there, especially with some of the New Testament essays.

Not that they didn't have any interesting observations. Warren Carter's claim that the devil's temptation of Christ had anti-imperial undertones, since it implies Satan is the power behind the kingdoms of the world (Rome), added a nice new spin to the story. Overall...more
An interesting look into the influence of the bible in its resistance of violence.
"In the Shadow of Empire" helped explain Jesus as a human being and the world he lived in.

Ignore the liberal bent saying that Operation Iraqi Freedom was imperialistic. We went in and stopped a tyrant who was filling mass graves, gassing whole towns, closing hospitals, and cutting off food supplies and utilities.
Mark Sequeira
Horsley is excellent on understanding the Imperial dynamic in much of Jesus' understanding and teaching. It's a shame we don't understand better how much Rome had permeated Jewish thought and teaching either in compromising with it or violently reacting to it.
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