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In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance
Horsley, Richard A., editor

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2008 pp. vii + 199. $24.95



Description: The Bible tells the stories of many empires. And many are still considered some of the largest of the ancient and classical world: the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and finally the Romans. In this provocative book, eight experts bring a critical analysis of these world empires in the background of the Old and New Testaments. As they explain, the Bible developed against the context of these empires, providing concrete meaning to the countercultural claims of Jews and Christians that their God was the true King, the real Emperor. Each chapter describes how to read the Bible as a reaction to empire and points to how to respond to the biblical message to resist imperial powers in every age. Contributors are Norman Gottwald, Walter Brueggemann, Jon Berquist, John Dominic Crossan, Warren Carter, Brigitte Kahl, Neal Elliott, and Greg Carey.

Subjects: Methods, Ideological Critique, Postcolonial Approaches

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Review by Roland Boer
Published 5/16/2009
Citation: Roland Boer, review of Richard A. Horsley, ed., In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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