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John and Empire: Initial Explorations / Edition 1
     

John and Empire: Initial Explorations / Edition 1

by Warren Carter
 

ISBN-10: 0567028402

ISBN-13: 9780567028402

Pub. Date: 04/15/2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

In this significant and innovative contribution, Warren Carter explores John's Gospel as a work of imperial negotiation in the context of Ephesus, capital of the Roman province of Asia. Carter employs multiple methods, rejects sectarian scenarios, and builds on other Christian writings and recent studies of diaspora synagogues that combined participationist

Overview

In this significant and innovative contribution, Warren Carter explores John's Gospel as a work of imperial negotiation in the context of Ephesus, capital of the Roman province of Asia. Carter employs multiple methods, rejects sectarian scenarios, and builds on other Christian writings and recent studies of diaspora synagogues that combined participationist lifestyles with observance of distinctive practices to argue that imperial negotiation was a contested issue for late first-century Jesus-believers. While a number of Jesus-believers probably lived societally-accommodated lives, John's Gospel employs a "rhetoric of distance" to urge much less accommodation and to create an alternative "anti-society" for followers of Jesus crucified by the empire but vindicated by God. In addition to establishing this tense historical setting, chapters identify various arenas and strategies of imperial negotiation in wide-ranging discussions of the gospel's genre, plot, Christological titles, developing traditions, eternal life, the image of God as father, ecclesiology, Jesus' conflict with Pilate, and resurrection and ascension.

Carter has explored interactions between the emerging Christian movement and the Roman Empire in various articles and book-length studies such as Matthew and the Margins (Orbis), Matthew and Empire (Trinity Press International/Continuum), Pontius Pilate: Portraits of a Roman Governor (Liturgical), and The Roman Empire and the New Testament (Abingdon).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780567028402
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations     vii
Introduction and Assumptions     ix
Part 1     1
Invisible Rome: Reading John's Gospel     3
Synagogues, Jesus-Believers, and Rome's Empire: Bridges and Boundaries     19
Expressions of Roman Power in Ephesus     52
Part 2     91
Negotiating the Imperial Present by Turning to the Past: Artemis, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus Wisdom     93
Genre as Imperial Negotiation: Ancient Biography and John's Gospel     123
The Plot of John's Gospel     144
Images and Titles for Jesus in the Roman Imperial Context     176
Eternal Rome and Eternal Life     204
John's Father and the Emperor as Father of the Fatherland     235
The Sacred Identity of John's Jesus-Believers     256
The Governor and the King/Emperor: Pilate and Jesus (John 18:28-19:22)     289
Where's Jesus? Apotheosis and Ascension     315
Conclusion     335
Is Gaius Caligula the Father of Johannine Christology? Imperial Negotiation and Developing Johannine Traditions     343
Bibliography     385
Index     413

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