By John Dominic Crossan

At the guts of the Bible is an ethical and moral name to struggle unjust superpowers, whether or not they are Babylon, Rome, or perhaps the USA.

From the divine punishment and promise present in Genesis throughout the progressive messages of Jesus and Paul, John Dominic Crossan finds what the Bible has to claim approximately land and financial system, violence and retribution, justice and peace, and, finally, redemption. unlike the oppressive Roman army career of the 1st century, he examines the which means of the non-violent nation of God prophesized through Jesus and the equality recommended by way of Paul to the early Christian church buildings. Crossan contrasts those messages of peace with the misinterpreted apocalyptic imaginative and prescient from the booklet of Revelation, which has been misrepresented through sleek right-wing theologians and televangelists to justify U.S. army activities within the center East.

In God and Empire Crossan surveys the Bible from Genesis to Apocalypse, or the publication of Revelation, and discovers a hopeful message that can't be missed in those turbulent instances. The first-century Pax Romana, Crossan issues out, used to be in reality a "peace" received via violent army motion. Jesus preached a distinct form of peace—a peace that surpasses all understanding—and a country no longer of Caesar yet of God.

The Romans done Jesus simply because he preached this nation of God, a country in accordance with peace and justice, over the empire of Rome, which governed by way of violence and strength. For Jesus and Paul, Crossan explains, peace can't be received the Roman approach, via army victory, yet in simple terms via justice and reasonable and equivalent therapy of all people.

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