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Empire in the New Testament
Porter, Stanley E. and Cynthia Long Westfall, editors

Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2011 pp. 320. $35.00

Series Information
McMaster New Testament Studies Series


Description: How does a Christian render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and unto God what is God's? This book is the result of the Bingham Colloquium of 2007 that brought scholars from across North America to examine the New Testament's response to the empires of God and Caesar. Two chapters lay the foundation for that response in the Old Testament's concept of empire, and six others address the response to the notion of empire, both human and divine, in the various authors of the New Testament. A final chapter investigates how the church fathers regarded the matter. The essays display various methods and positions; together, however, they offer a representative sample of the current state of study of the notion of empire in the New Testament.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature

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Review by Torrey Seland
Published 6/15/2012
Citation: Torrey Seland, review of Stanley E. Porter and Cynthia Long Westfall, eds., Empire in the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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