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Class Struggle in the New Testament
Myles, Robert J., editor

Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2019 pp. xvi + 282. $105.00

Description: Class Struggle in the New Testament engages the political and economic realities of the first century to unmask the mediation of class through several New Testament texts and traditions. Essays span a range of subfields, presenting class struggle as the motor force of history by responding to recent debates, historical data, and new evidence on the political-economic world of Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels. Chapters address collective struggles in the Gospels; the Roman military and class; the usefulness of categories like peasant, retainer, and middling groups for understanding the world of Jesus; the class basis behind the origin of archangels; the Gospels as products of elite culture; the implication of capitalist ideology upon biblical interpretation; and the New Testamentís use of slavery metaphors, populist features, and gifting practices. This book will become a definitive reference point for future discussion. Contributors include Roland Boer, Alan H. Cadwallader, James G. Crossley, Neil Elliott, Deane Galbraith, Robert J. Myles, Christina Petterson, Sarah E. Rollens, Robyn Faith Walsh, Taylor Weaver, Bruce Worthington, and Christopher B. Zeichmann.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by G. Anthony Keddie
Published 5/28/2020
Citation: G. Anthony Keddie, review of Robert J. Myles, ed., Class Struggle in the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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