"Come Out My People!": God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond

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Orbis Books, 2010 - Religion - 525 pages
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A landmark work in biblical interpretation explores the relation between two competing "religions"the religion of "creation" and the religion of "empire"and the implications for today.

In this sweeping and transformative approach to biblical interpretation, Wes Howard-Brook presents the Bible as a struggle between two competing "religions": not "Judaism" and "Christianity," but the "religion of creation" versus the "religion of empire." Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, these two religions battled for the hearts and minds of the people in claiming radically divergent views of who YHWH is and what it looks like to be YHWH's people. As Wes Howard-Brook shows, Jesus proclaimed and embodied one of these views--the "religion of creation"--and denounced the "religion of empire." Though he was killed by the upholders of empire, his resurrection was the definitive vindication of the religion of creation. As a consequence, those who follow his path can accept no violence or domination toward people or creation in his name.

While many recent scholars have studied the imperial context of the New Testament, this is the first book to trace this theme throughout the entire Bible. As such, it sets a challenge for the future of biblical studies, while also defining a new framework for radical discipleship in our time.

 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This is a very rich, and perhaps, provocative reading of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, echoing some themes from Hoard-Brook's earlier work. I found it offered me new perspectives on my faith and life. What more can one ask? Read full review

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I read this for a university course I was taking, and it is easy to read compared to other theological texts. Although I may not agree with Howard-Brook on everything in this book -some of it is quite a stretch- I think everyone can benefit greatly from reading and learning about empire and how it something so far in the past is actually happening right now! Another book similar to this is BETWEEN BABEL AND BEAST by Peter J. Leithart, and they cross over many of the same points.  

Contents

Is God on Our Side? The Two Religions
3
Then God Said Let there be light Gen 1
13
By the Sweat of Your Face You Shall Eat Bread Gen 23
22
And He Built a City
30
Making Ones Name Great
47
The WellWatered Plain of Sodom
55
Fulfilling YHWHs Promises
66
The Price of Settling Too Soon
83
Envisioning a Way out of Exile
232
Contents ix
244
Longing for Gods Reign to Come
355
Contents
366
The Gospel of Jesus Christ against the Gospel of Empire
393
Matthews Gospel
407
Lukes Gospel and Acts of the Apostles
418
The Gospel of John
435

Finding the Way Out
134
Kissing Calves
161
I Have Found the Book of the Torah in the House
172
What Was Israel before the Monarchy?
199
Jeremiah and Ezekiel
215
The Book of Revelation
466
Hearing and Responding to Gods Call
473
Index
517
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About the author (2010)

Wes Howard-Brook teaches at Seattle University and collaborates in the ministry, Abide in Me, with his wife, Sue Ferguson Johnson (abideinme.net). His other books include Unveiling Empire (with Anthony Gwyther) and The New Testament: Introducing the Way of Discipleship (co-edited with Sharon Ringe).

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