Jesus and the powers : conflict, covenant, and the hope of the poor / Richard A. Horsley.
By: Horsley, Richard A.Material type: TextPublisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, c2011Description: viii, 248 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780800697082 (alk. paper); 0800697081.Subject(s): Jesus Christ -- Teachings | Sociology, Biblical | Powers (Christian theology) -- Biblical teaching | Bible N.T Gospels -- Social scientific criticismLOC classification: BS2417.S7 | H57 2011
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-237) and indexes.
Introduction: "You shall not bow down and serve them" -- The powers of empire -- Israel's covenant and prophetic protest -- Heavenly powers and people power -- The power of hope -- Jesus and the struggle for power -- The collective power of covenant community -- Speaking truth to power -- The power of the crucifixion -- Conclusion: Jesus and the struggle with the powers.
"Refusing a false dichotomy between 'politics' and 'religion' in Jesus' world (and our own), Richard A. Horsley explores Jesus' response to the imperial power of his day. Jesus and the Powers highlight the relevance of political realities under great empires for the rise of covenantal theology and apocalyptic vision in Israel's history; situates aspects of Jesus' prophetic and exorcising activity in the context of the Roman Empire; and shows how the character of his death by crucifixion itself galvanized the movement around him as his followers shaped a new community life in the shadow of imperial powers. The powers that be' are among the most puzzling aspects in all Scripture. Horsley brings together the theme of the restoration of the people of God with the transformation of the powers in an illuminating and accessible style. The implications of the teaching and acts of Jesus for our own time blaze a trail in this brilliant and thought-provoking book. Walter Wink, author of Naming the Powers, Engaging the Powers, and Transforming the Powers (Fortress Press). In Jesus and the Powers, Richard Horsley synthesizes a broad array of insights into the polyvalent character of power' in ancient cultures and brings this synthesis to bear on a provocative description of the message, activities, and impact of Jesus. Horsley takes seriously not only the context in which Jesus lived, called for renewal, and died but also the sustained narrative presentations of the Gospels as the basis for an account of Jesus' life and significance. Especially stimulating is Horsley's account of the crucifixion as the decisive moment of empowerment for the continuation and growth of the early Jesus movements. Daniel A. Smith, Associate Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Huron University College, author of Revisiting the Empty Tomb (Fortress Press)" -- BACK COVER.
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