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Jesus and Empire

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  157 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Building on his earlier studies of Jesus, Galilee, and the social upheavals in Roman Palestine, Horsley focuses his attention on how Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God relates to Roman and Herodian power politics. In addition he examines how modern ideologies relate to Jesus' proclamation.
Paperback, 178 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published October 31st 2002)
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Adam Ross
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I ended up doing. Horsley's overall point is well taken - that Jesus' teachings are too often co-opted by individualism and contemporary philosophical categories, including a split between religion and politics. He wants us to return to the covenantal, Jewish Jesus who was political and railed against power and empire. On these points Horsley is quite good. Unfortunately, his methodology is suspect. An acceptance of the supposed Q document source sours the go ...more
Rick Webster
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Horsley begins by dismantling the ways in which our contemporary culture views and subsequently understands Jesus. He aptly shows how the lenses through which we view Jesus, and the conclusions we draw as a result, present a picture of Jesus that represents our priorities rather than those of the first century peasant we have come to revere and worship. He suggests a new way of understanding the historical Jesus: The contextual/relational approach, based on understanding the context in which the ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly important book, it should be required reading for all Christians interested in understanding the historical Jesus in his social context. It provides effective critiques of both conservative and liberal views on the historical Jesus, plus a chapter outlining the damning parallels between America and Rome vis-à-vis militant imperialism and economic exploitation.
Thomas Kinsfather
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Horsley brings an interesting spin on Jesus' stance towards the Roman empire. Horsley goes to great lengths arguing that Jesus was confronting and condemning the currupt Roman system of power. Often his reasoning is a bit of a stretch. I loved the chapter on the founding father's two metaphors for the new world.
Thomas Keller
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After the historical Jesus follows the political Jesus.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it liked it
It was ok. I think he assumed everything Jesus said was about social or political relations. I think this was because he believed Jesus was a prophet unlike Moses and Elijah.
Peter Zylstramoore
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended as an introduction to a social critical understanding of Jesus. It is pretty readable, short and life-changing.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Good analysis of the Roman context of Jesus, but nothing very new for me and quickly overshadowed by the next book I read.
Josua Reeps
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
It was good and inspiring, but unfortunately very theoretical. So there was a part in the middle where reading was very tiring...
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“Since September 11, 2001, however, we can no longer rest comfortably with such domesticated pictures of Jesus. We can no longer ignore the impact of Western imperialism on subordinated peoples and the ways in which peoples whose lives have been invaded sometimes react. The "coincidental" historical analogy is too disquieting, that is, that the Roman Empire had come to control the ancient Middle East, including Galilee and Judea, where Jesus operated.” 0 likes
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