The Politics of Jesus / Edition 2

The Politics of Jesus / Edition 2

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by John Howard Yoder
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802807342
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
257
Sales rank:
413,785
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Abbreviations
1The Possibility of a Messianic Ethic1
2The Kingdom Coming21
3The Implications of the Jubilee60
4God Will Fight for Us76
5The Possibility of Nonviolent Resistance89
6Trial Balance93
7The Disciple of Christ and the Way of Jesus112
8Christ and Power134
9Revolutionary Subordination162
10Let Every Soul Be Subject: Romans 13 and the Authority of the State193
11Justification by Grace through Faith212
12The War of the Lamb228
Index of Names248
Index of Scripture References251

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