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In the Shadow of Empire by Richard A. Horsley
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Oct 08, 2011

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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, though, you could tell most of the authors were just reaching most of the time, trying to unearth empire everywhere they could. Efforts like that produce some gems, but more often you get pretty forced interpretations and a general flattening of the bible's complexity on the issue.

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