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The Practice of Hope: Ideology and Intention in 1 Thessalonians
Míguez, Néstor O.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012 pp. xii + 243. $49.00


Description: Although the political interpretation of Paul is still considered something of a novelty in North America and Europe, it is well established in Latin America and among theologians of liberation. In The Practice of Hope, Néstor O. Míguez brings the insights of historical-critical study and political analysis together with incisive theological reflection. Taking on European philosophical interpretations of Paul, the "North Atlantic consensus" regarding social stratification in the Pauline churches, and the distortions of "rapture" theology, Míguez situates Paul's mission in the political context of Roman Thessalonica and reads his first letter in engagement with Latin American realities. The result is a surprising rediscovery of Paul as an organic intellectual for whom hope is always a socially concrete reality.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 1 Thessalonians, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Liberation Approaches

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Review by Raymond F. Collins
Published 7/17/2014
Citation: Raymond F. Collins, review of Néstor O. Míguez, The Practice of Hope: Ideology and Intention in 1 Thessalonians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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