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“Come Out My People!”: God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond
Howard-Brook, Wes

Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2010 pp. xviii + 525. $30.00


Description: Wes Howard-Brook presents the Bible as a struggle between two competing religions: not Judaism and Christianity, but the religion of creation versus the religion of empire. Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, these two religions battled for the hearts and minds of the people in claiming radically divergent views of who YHWH is and what it looks like to be YHWH's people. Though Jesus was killed by the upholders of empire, his resurrection was the definitive vindication of the religion of creation. s a consequence, those who follow his path can accept no violence or domination tward people or creation in his name. While many recent scholars have studies the imperial context of the New Testament, this is the first book to trace this theme throughout the entire Bible.

Subjects: Methods, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches

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Review by Matthew Forrest Lowe
Published 3/10/2012
Citation: Matthew Forrest Lowe, review of Wes Howard-Brook, “Come Out My People!”: God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by David M. Valeta
Published 8/22/2012
Citation: David M. Valeta, review of Wes Howard-Brook, “Come Out My People!”: God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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