The Politics of Jesus / Edition 2

The Politics of Jesus / Edition 2

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by John Howard Yoder
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802807348

ISBN-13: 9780802807342

Pub. Date: 06/28/1994

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


Tradition has painted a portrait of a Savior aloof from governmental concerns and whose teachings point to an apolitical life for his disciples. How, then, are we to respond today to a world so thoroughly entrenched in national and international affairs? But such a picture of Jesus is far from accurate, argues John Howard Yoder.

Using the texts of the New

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Tradition has painted a portrait of a Savior aloof from governmental concerns and whose teachings point to an apolitical life for his disciples. How, then, are we to respond today to a world so thoroughly entrenched in national and international affairs? But such a picture of Jesus is far from accurate, argues John Howard Yoder.

Using the texts of the New Testament, Yoder critically examines the traditional portrait of Jesus as an apolitical figure and attempts to clarify the true impact of Jesus' life, work, and teachings on his disciples' social behavior.

The book first surveys the multiple ways the image of an apolitical Jesus has been propagated, then canvasses the Gospel narrative to reveal how Jesus is rightly portrayed as a thinker and leader immediately concerned with the agenda of politics and the related issues of power, status, and right relations. Selected passages from the epistles corroborate a Savior deeply concerned with social, political, and moral issues.

In this thorough revision of his acclaimed 1972 text, Yoder provides updated interaction with publications touching on this subject. Following most of the chapters are new "epilogues" that summarize research conducted during the last two decades -- research that continues to support the insights set forth in Yoder's original work.

Currently a standard in many college and seminary ethics courses, The Politics of Jesus is also an excellent resource for the general reader desiring to understand Christ's response to the world of politics and his will for those who would follow him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802807342
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
257
Sales rank:
323,553
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

  1. The Possibility of a Messianic Ethic
  2. The Kingdom Coming
  3. The Implications of the Jubilee
  4. God Will Fight for Us
  5. The Possibility of Nonviolent Resistance
  6. Trial Balance
  7. The Disciple of Christ and the Way of Jesus
  8. Christ and Power
  9. Revolutionary Subordination
  10. Let Every Soul Be Subject: Romans 13 and the Authority of the State
  11. Justification by Grace through Faith
  12. The War of the Lamb

Index of Names
Index of Scripture References

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When I first bought the late John H. Yoder's book, I was skeptical of the arguments to support any form of Christian pacifism. For one, the sheer percentage of Christians loyal to the nation of their birth and, thus, permissive and even supportive war by that nation, is staggering. Secondly, the biblical support cited by just war advocates seems overwhelming (though questionable when proper hermeneutics are applied). Yet Yoder does what I thought most difficult: He makes clear the understanding of Jesus' mission, and while most skeptics will perhaps dismiss his writings concerning Christ's choices as lessening Christ's divinity and focusing upon his humanity, this is simply a weak attempt to avoid the fact that Yoder has thought well through the arguments. And the end result is perhaps the most powerful book on Christ's social commands to his people. It should also be noted that Yoder does not simply focus on issues concerning Jesus' teachings and actions, but Paul's writings are also discussed, such as Romans 13:1-8. Through these arguments, Yoder reveals the obvious faults in the traditional view of church and state since Constantine (which I call the first of many 'unholy alliances' between church and state, when the church loses it's identity within itself and it's King, Jesus). This book is, as Hauerwas comments, 'the turning point' in American theology. Hopefully, you will purchase this book and realize the life Messiah has called his holy nation, his royal priesthood, to live in the presence of the world. Vicit Agnus noster, eum sequamur.