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Empire, Economics, and the New Testament

Empire, Economics, and the New Testament

by Peter Oakes

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Peter Oakes has long been recognized for his illuminating use of Greco-Roman material culture and social-scientific criticism to interpret the New Testament. This volume brings together his best work and introduces a substantial new essay that challenges current scholarly approaches to paradoxical teachings of the New Testament. 

Of special interest to Oakes throughout this book is the concrete impact of economic realities and Roman imperialism on first-century Christian communities meeting in house churches. To address this, Oakes considers an array of textual and archaeological resources from first-century non-elite life, including extensive archaeological evidence available from Pompeii. Readers will find here a deep trove of wisdom for understanding the New Testament in the context of the Greco-Roman world.

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ISBN-13: 9781467460033
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/12/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Peter Oakes is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester. His other books include Reading Romans in Pompeii: Paul's Letter at Ground Level.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bruce W. Longenecker
Part One: House Church
     1. A House-Church Account of Economics and Empire
     2. Nine Types of Church in Nine Types of Space in the Insula of the Menander
Part Two: Economics
     3. Methodological Issues in Using Economic Evidence in Interpretation of Early Christian Texts
     4. Economic Approaches: Scarce Resources and Interpretive Opportunities
     5. Urban Structure, Patronage, and the Corinthian Followers of Christ
     6. Jason and Penelope Hear Philippians 1:1–11
Part Three: Empire
     7. Remapping the Universe: Paul and the Emperor in 1 Thessalonians and Philippians
     8. Christian Attitudes to Rome at the Time of Paul’s Letter
     9. A State of Tension: Rome in the New Testament
     10. God’s Sovereignty over Roman Authorities: A Theme in Philippians

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