The Bible and Empire

At a time of renewed interest in Empire, this stimulating volume explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise, and examines some overlooked aspects of this relationship.

Author: R. S. Sugirtharajah

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139443708

Category: Religion

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At a time of renewed interest in Empire, this stimulating volume explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise, and examines some overlooked aspects of this relationship. These include unconventional retellings of the gospel story of Jesus by Thomas Jefferson and Raja Rammohun Roy; the fate of biblical texts when marshalled by Victorian preachers to strengthen British imperial intentions after the India uprising of 1857; the cultural-political use of the Christian Old Testament, first by the invaders to attack temple practices and rituals, then by the invaded to endorse the temple heritage scorned by missionaries; the dissident hermeneutics of James Long and William Colenso confronting and compromising with colonial ambitions; and finally the subtly seditious deployment of biblical citations in two colonial novels. This innovative book offers both practical and theoretical insights and provides compelling evidence of the continuing importance of postcolonial discourse for biblical studies.

Bible and Theology from the Underside of Empire

This book contains inspiring intersections of contextual Bible reading with impressing stories ÿabout people at the margins in all continents, complemented by prayers, poems and literature.

Author: Vuyani Vellem

Publisher: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA

ISBN: 1928355102

Category: Religion

Page: 229

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?Empire? has become an apt label to name the present horizon of global life and is associated with logic and practices which threaten human life in myriad ways. These reflections not only expose the true nature of empire, but suggest an alternative vision of flourishing wrought by God?s kingdom. In a creative and imaginative manner the contributions highlight new liberative possibilities for life through non-conventional Bible reading. The authors display a sensitive moral antenna for the oppressive manifestations of empire, and courageously intimate a new paradigm for Christian mission and public witness today. This book contains inspiring intersections of contextual Bible reading with impressing stories ÿabout people at the margins in all continents, complemented by prayers, poems and literature. Ideal for Bible study leaders working with marginalized people but also with middle class Christians who can learn to read the Bible from the underside of history and act for justice.

In the Shadow of Empire

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.

Author: Richard A. Horsley

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664232329

Category: Religion

Page: 199

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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, nine experts bring a critical analysis of these world empires in the background of the Old and New Testaments. As they explain, the Bible developedagainstthe 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.

Come Out My People

This book invites disciples to `connect the dots', in order to recover our ancient, anti-imperial identity, and to embrace a radical faith and practice that are personal and politica.

Author: Wes Howard-Brook

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608331547

Category: Religion

Page: 525

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A compelling view of two competing religious visions---one of "creation" and the other of "empire"---that run throughout the Bible. "A remarkable offering for those who care about the interface of power and faith with all the threats and seductions that go with it. . . As I read, I felt overwhelmed, both by the mass of data and by the cunning of interpretation. I could not put it down, and expect to continue to be instructed by it.---Walter Brueggemann "Howard-Brook undertakes what few dare anymore: an introductory primer for the whole Bible...This book invites disciples to `connect the dots', in order to recover our ancient, anti-imperial identity, and to embrace a radical faith and practice that are personal and politica."---Ched Myers "Howard-Brook illuminates how ancient empires exercised control and manipulation of people not simply by political and military means, but also through the religion of empire. Throughout he makes clear that the core message of the God of creation is to call people out of empire, to refuse to cooperate with the forces of destruction and domination today."---Richard Horsley "Will become a classic for communities that seek first to receive the gracious gift of God's alternative future to Empire."---Jarrod McKenna "If we who sojourn in America are to be a community that can both name and resist the lure of Empire, we need a story more powerful than the story called America. Wes Howard-Brook knows than the Bible tells such a story. May its story be ours as we're set free from our imperial imaginations to dream with our Creator of a new world here and now."---Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Chosen Peoples

This innovative interdisciplinary volume explores the politics of biblical translation and interpretation in a global context, demonstrating how biblical ideas and metaphors shaped narratives of racial, national and identity in the long ...

Author: Gareth Atkins

Publisher: Studies in Imperialism

ISBN: 9781526143044

Category: Imperialism

Page: 240

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Chosen peoples demonstrates how biblical themes, ideas and metaphors shaped racial, national and imperial identities in the long nineteenth century. Even as radical new ideas challenged the historicity of the Bible, biblical notions of lineage, descent and inheritance continued to inform understandings of race, nation and empire. European settler movements portrayed 'new' territories across the seas as lands of Canaan, but if many colonised and conquered peoples resisted the imposition of biblical narratives, they also appropriated biblical tropes to their own ends. These innovative case-studies throw new light on familiar areas such as slavery, colonialism and the missionary project, while forging exciting cross-comparisons between race, identity and the politics of biblical translation and interpretation in South Africa, Egypt, Australia, America and Ireland.

Decolonizing God

This book confirms the relevance of post-colonial theory to biblical scholarship and provides an exciting and original approach to biblical interpretation.

Author: Mark G. Brett

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press Limited

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Category: Religion

Page: 237

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For centuries, the Bible has been used by colonial powers to undergird their imperial designs--an ironic situation when so much of the Bible was conceived by way of resistance to empires. In this thoughtful book, Mark Brett draws upon his experience of the colonial heritage in Australia to identify a remarkable range of areas where God needs to be decolonized--freed from the bonds of the colonial. Writing in a context where landmark legal cases have ruled that Indigenous (Aboriginal) rights have been 'washed away by the tide of history', Brett re-examines land rights in the biblical traditions, Deuteronomy's genocidal imagination, and other key topics in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament where the effects of colonialism can be traced. Drawing out the implications for theology and ethics, this book provides a comprehensive new proposal for addressing the legacies of colonialism. A ground-breaking work of scholarship that makes a major intervention into post-colonial studies. This book confirms the relevance of post-colonial theory to biblical scholarship and provides an exciting and original approach to biblical interpretation. Bill Ashcroft, University of Hong Kong and University of New South Wales; author of The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (2002). Acutely sensitive to the historical as well as theological complexity of the Bible, Mark Brett's Decolonizing God brilliantly demonstrates the value of a critical assessment of the Bible as a tool for rethinking contemporary possibilities. The contribution of this book to ethical and theological discourse in a global perspective and to a politics of hope is immense. Tamara C. Eskenazi, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles; editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (2007).

Empires of the Bible

Reprinted exactly from the 1904 original, this book also includes a series of 21 maps which trace the course of those empires. The unique design of this book will be found useful by every student, either of the Bible or history.

Author: Alonzo Trévier Jones

Publisher: TEACH Services, Inc.

ISBN: 157258288X

Category: Religion

Page: 410

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From the chaos of the Tower of Babel to the tragedy of the Babylonian captivity, Empires of the Bible tells the story of the ancient civilizations in the Old Testament. Using research conducted in Babylon and Egypt, this book includes many valuable and historical records inscribed in stone by the very men living in those ancient times. These records combined with Bible history of the same, are woven together in one connected story. Reprinted exactly from the 1904 original, this book also includes a series of 21 maps which trace the course of those empires. The unique design of this book will be found useful by every student, either of the Bible or history.

In the Name of God

In In the Name of God biblical scholars and historians begin the exciting work of deconstructing British and Spanish imperial usage of the Bible as well as the use of the Bible to counteract imperialism.

Author: C.L. Crouch

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004259120

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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In In the Name of God biblical scholars and historians begin the exciting work of deconstructing British and Spanish imperial usage of the Bible as well as the use of the Bible to counteract imperialism.

God and Empire

In God and Empire Crossan surveys the Bible from Genesis to Apocalypse, or the Book of Revelation, and discovers a hopeful message that cannot be ignored in these turbulent times.

Author: John Dominic Crossan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006174428X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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The bestselling author and prominent New Testament scholar draws parallels between 1st–century Roman Empire and 21st–century United States, showing how the radical messages of Jesus and Paul can lead us to peace today Using the tools of expert biblical scholarship and a keen eye for current events, bestselling author John Dominic Crossan deftly presents the tensions exhibited in the Bible between political power and God’s justice. Through the revolutionary messages of Jesus and Paul, Crossan reveals what the Bible has to say about land and economy, violence and retribution, justice and peace, and ultimately, redemption. He examines the meaning of “kingdom of God” prophesized by Jesus, and the equality recommended to Paul by his churches, contrasting these messages of peace against the misinterpreted apocalyptic vision from the book of Revelations, that has been co-opted by modern right-wing theologians and televangelists to justify the United State’s military actions in the Middle East.

FAITH IN THE FACE OF EMPIRE

A Palestinian Christian theologian shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.

Author: RAHEB

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608334333

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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A Palestinian Christian theologian shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.

Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire

Taking on modern cultural debates on marriage and sexuality, with implications for historians, political thinkers, and jurists, this book undermines the conservative ideology of the family, starting from the position that early Christianity ...

Author: David Wheeler-Reed

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300227728

Category: Law

Page: 200

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A New Testament scholar challenges the belief that American family values are based on "Judeo-Christian" norms by drawing unexpected comparisons between ancient Christian theories and modern discourses Challenging the long-held assumption that American values--be they Christian or secular--are based on "Judeo-Christian" norms, this provocative study compares ancient Christian discourses on marriage and sexuality with contemporary ones, maintaining that modern family values owe more to Roman Imperial beliefs than to the bible. Engaging with Foucault's ideas, Wheeler-Reed examines how conservative organizations and the Supreme Court have misunderstood Christian beliefs on marriage and the family. Taking on modern cultural debates on marriage and sexuality, with implications for historians, political thinkers, and jurists, this book undermines the conservative ideology of the family, starting from the position that early Christianity, in its emphasis on celibacy and denunciation of marriage, was in opposition to procreation, the ideological norm in the Greco-Roman world.

The Revived Roman Empire

In Bible Prophecy the book of Daniel predicts a revived roman empire that will rule the world during the Tribulation and launch the Antichrist.

Author: Erika Grey

Publisher: Pedante Press

ISBN: 0979019974

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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In Bible Prophecy the book of Daniel predicts a revived roman empire that will rule the world during the Tribulation and launch the Antichrist. The Revived Roman Empire: Europe In Bible Prophecy provides a historical overview of the Roman Empire to the present European Union. The European Union is the Revived Roman Empire foretold by the prophet Daniel and John in the Revelation that would reemerge in the latter days and launch the Antichrist. The Revived Roman Empire: Europe in Bible Prophecy shows the reader the institutions and structures of the European Union that are described in the prophetic books written two to three thousand years ago. It also reveals the Catholic Church’s influence of the evolving European Union and how the evidence proves that it fits the biblical description for the revived Roman Empire. In addition, the reader discovers the relationship between the ancient prophetic writings, the European Union and today's current affairs.

Empire the British Museum and the Making of the Biblical Scholar in the Nineteenth Century

Addressing this gap in biblical scholarship lies central to this book. Interrogated here is a premier repository or master archive of the discipline: the British Museum.

Author: Gregory L. Cuéllar

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030240282

Category: Religion

Page: 188

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Since the modern period, the field of biblical studies has relied upon libraries, museums, and archives for its evidentiary and credentialing needs. Yet, absent in biblical scholarship is a thorough and critical examination of the instrumentality of the discipline’s master archives for elite power structures. Addressing this gap in biblical scholarship lies central to this book. Interrogated here is a premier repository or master archive of the discipline: the British Museum. Using an assemblage of critical theories from archival discourse to postcolonial studies, space theory to governmentality studies, the focal point of this book is at the intersections of the Museum’s rise to scientific prominence, the British Empire, and the conferring of scientific authority to modern biblical critics in the nineteenth century. Gregory L. Cuéllar initiates a season of historicization of the master archives of biblical studies and archival criticism.

She Who Restores the Roman Empire

As a Tyndale Seminary graduate student, he was a thorough researcher and scholar. No matter what your view on the "Babylon" issue, this book is a classic at analyzing the subject.

Author: David Criswell

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595249280

Category: Religion

Page: 456

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Of The Biblical prophecy of the Whore of Babylon St. Augustine said that the Church of Rome would one day apostatize while St. Jerome hinted that the day of apostasy may have already begun, but today even many Protestants reject this notion arguing instead that a new Babylonian kingdom will arise in Iraq. She Who Restores the Roman Empire is a thorough survey of this controversial prophecy. It examines the prophetic interpretations throughout history and shows their impact upon history. It shows how the prophecy itself helped shaped the Reformation and counter-Reformation. It also discusses the newer interpretations which predict a revival of ancient Babylon or a global New Age religion. Dr. Criswell’s conclusion is based on thorough exegesis and on historical precedent. He contends that it is the Harlot who will initiate the restoration of the Roman Empire and the anti-Christ will initially be his puppet before turning on her and destroying her great city. Napoleon was an archetype of the coming anti-Christ who will promise a new world but deliver destruction. "David Criswell has done an outstanding job in handling the subject of Babylon the Harlot in the book of Revelation. As a Tyndale Seminary graduate student, he was a thorough researcher and scholar. No matter what your view on the "Babylon" issue, this book is a classic at analyzing the subject. The reader will find this treatise a fascinating adventure in Bible study." —Dr. Mal Couch, president, Tyndale Seminary

The Bible Christian magazine a continuation of the Arminian magazine

That haughty monarch had a vision of a great image , which , as interpreted by
the prophet Daniel , indicated four successive empires . The head of the image
was of gold , an emblem of the Babylonian empire . Its breast and arms were of ...

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The Empire of the Hittites

My object in this chapter is to show that the statements of the Bible with reference
to the Hittites are fully confirmed by the ... fortunes of that power down to 717 B . C
. , when the Hittite empire was finally crushed on the fatal field of Carchemish .

Author: William Wright

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Category: Hittites

Page: 200

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The Bible in Byzantium

The Bible is the foundational text for the Byzantine Empire. The papers of this volume explore its reception through appropriation, adaptation and interpretation as articulated in all aspects of Byzantine society.

Author: Agnethe Siquans

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3647570680

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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The Bible is the foundational text for the Byzantine Empire. The papers of this volume explore its reception through appropriation, adaptation and interpretation as articulated in all aspects of Byzantine society. Several sessions at the ISBL held in Vienna, 6 to 10 July 2014 on ‘The Reception of the Bible in Greco-Roman Tradition,’ ‘The Bible between Jews and Christians in Byzantium,’ ‘Biblical Scholarship in Byzantium,’ and ‘Biblical Foundations of Byzantine Identity and Culture’ built the basis of this volume. Various angles shed light on the Byzantine experience of the Bible. The wide range of source materials that inform the contributions to this volume—from manuscripts and military handbooks to lead seals and pilgrim guides— allows insights into a vivid liturgical tradition, which shapes Orthodox Christianity up today. As a thoroughly Christianized society, the Bible had sunk deep into the cultural DNA of Byzantium. The volume shows the multitude of strategies for the engagement with the Biblical text and the manifold ways in which the Bible message was experienced, articulated and brought to life on a daily basis.

The Bible Cyclopedia

Asia has been va- Empire and Chinese Tartary ; the fourth , riously divided by
geographers in modern Southern Asia , including Hindostan or times . Some
have assigned to it three British India , Afghanestan , and the tribes grand
divisions ...

Author: John Parker Lawson

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The Oldest and the Newest Empire

plant and every mineral , every implement and domestic utensil mentioned or
alluded to in the Bible . It gives an account of the manners and customs ,
costumes , habitations , laws , civil and ecclesiastical antiquities of the Jews and
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Author: William Speer

Publisher:

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Category: China

Page: 687

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Dictionary of the Bible

In the second place , the earliest seat of empire tary record , though natural in
reference to a single was in the south part of the Babylonian plain . mighty hero ,
would hardly admit of the introdue- The larre mounds , which for a vast number of
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Author: Horatio Balch Hackett

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