Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies

Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies

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  • David Nystrom
  • Judith A. Diehl
  • Joel Willits
  • Dean Pinter
  • Christopher W. Skinner
  • Drew Strait
  • Michael F. Bird
  • Lynn Cohick
  • Allan R. Bevere
  • Dwight Sheets

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830864584
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 429 KB

About the Author

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Joseph B. Modica is university chaplain and associate professor of biblical studies at Eastern University (Pennsylvania). He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament and early Christianity at Drew University (New Jersey). His current research interests include spiritual formation, faith development and historical Jesus studies.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Andy Crouch

What People are Saying About This

Peter Oakes

"A series of vigorous assessments of the question, How anti-imperial are the New Testament texts? Most of these clearly argued articles come down fairly firmly on the negative side although some, such as Bird on Romans, see the texts as posing challenges to Rome. Everyone involved in these debates will want to engage with this book."

Paul Trebilco

"These accessible studies are exemplary in their clarity, informed by excellent scholarship and highly insightful in their argumentation. Although it is acknowledged that 'empire criticism' has given us some valuable new insight, it is clearly shown that anti-imperial rhetoric is not a major emphasis of the NT, nor was it a key purpose of the NT authors to oppose Rome in what they wrote. These insightful essays advance our thinking on this very important topic and further our understanding of the gospel and of the relationship between God's kingdom and the powers of this world."

Seyoon Kim

"A valuable book. Highly recommended as both a good introduction to and a sane evaluation of the currently popular anti-imperial interpretation of the New Testament. Most of the essays clearly demonstrate that that interpretation is driven more by assumptions and modern theories of postcolonial criticism than by sound exegesis."

Ben Witherington

"Finally a book that takes a balanced approach to the issue of imperial criticism of the NT. Following the lead of careful scholars like Christopher Bryan, the contributors remind us that it is overreading the NT to suggest that the writers were preoccupied with contrasting the lordship of Christ with that of Caesar. They operated with a cosmology that suggests that the ruler of this fallen world since long before there was a Roman Emperor is Satan, not Caesar. And while the NT writers certainly critique polytheism in its many guises, the imperial cult is seen as just one form of the many gods and lords subject to the one God's judgment. At the same time, the contributors to this volume urge that in the NT human rulers are not cast solely in a bad light. Jesus' kingdom is of a different sort than Caesar's. I highly commend this book."

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