An Introduction to Empire in the New Testament

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Adam Winn
SBL Press, Jun 24, 2016 - Religion - 360 pages

Explore how empire is a crucial foreground for reading and interpreting the New Testament

In the last three decades, significant attention has been given to the way in which New Testament texts engage and respond to the imperial world in which they were written. The purpose of the present volume is to introduce students and non-specialists to the growing subfield of New Testament studies known as empire studies. Contributors seek to make readers aware of the significant work that has already been produced, while also pointing them to new ways in which this field is moving forward. The contributors are Bruce W. Longenecker, Richard A. Horsley, Warren Carter, Adam Winn, Eric D. Barreto, Beth M. Sheppard, Neil Elliot, James R. Harrison, Harry O. Maier, Deborah Krause, Jason A.Whitlark, Matthew R. Hauge, Kelly D. Liebengood, and Davina C. Lopez.

Features:

  • Essays from a diverse group of interpreters who at times have differing presuppositions, methods, and concerns
  • Articles introduce students and non-specialists to the Roman imperial realities regularly encountered by first and second century Christians
  • Contributions explore the strategies employed by early Christians to respond to the Roman empire
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    Contents

    Striking Back at the Empire
    1
    Peace Prosperity and Propaganda
    15
    JesusinMovement and the Roman Imperial Disorder
    47
    An ImperialCritical Reading of Matthew
    71
    The Gospel of Mark
    91
    Crafting Colonial Identities
    107
    The Fourth Gospel Romanization and the Role of Women
    123
    Paul and Empire 1
    143
    Resisting Empire in Hebrews
    221
    Empire in James
    237
    Confronting Roman Imperial Claims
    255
    Victory and Visibility
    273
    Bibliography
    297
    Contributors
    321
    Ancient Sources Index
    325
    Modern Authors Index
    341

    Paul and Empire 2
    165
    Colossians Ephesians and Empire
    185
    Construing and Containing an Imperial Paul
    203

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    About the author (2016)

    Adam Winn is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA). He serves as an affiliate faculty member for Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Purpose of Mark's Gospel: An Early Christian Response to Roman Imperial Propaganda (Mohr Siebeck) and Mark and the Elijah-Elisha Narrative: Considering the Practice of Greco-Roman Imitation in the Search for Markan Source Material (Pickwick).

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