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Paul and the Roman Imperial Order

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Richard A. Horlsey is Professor of Classics and Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History, and Society in Galilee: The Social Context of Jesus and the Rabbis; and editor of Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society, all published by Trinity Press.


No Quote -The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 67, 2005 ."..offers rich potential for new models for reading of Paul, potential which could participate in a complete re-imagining of both 'Roman-ness' and 'Paul' in New Testament studies. The book's essays are very focused, brief, and clearly followed. They will provide very fine conversation starters/partners for both students and mature scholars of Paul, the earliest Christian contexts and the socio-political environment of the early Roman Empire." The Bible and Critical Theory, Vol. 1 No. 3, 2005 "Reading Paul in the context of resistance to the Roman imperial order (rather than as a critic of Judaism) has led to a revolution in Pauline studies. In this volume, Richard Horsley adds to his already distinquished group of edited volumes that demonstrate the dramatic new insights that result from this socio-political context for understanding the ministry of the apostle Paul." Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California--Sanford Lakoff "This fine collection of cutting edge scholarship continues the important task of re-locating Paul, not as an opponent of Judaism but as an opponent of Rome's imperial order: its claims, sanctions, and societal experience encountered in the empire's provincial cities." Warren Carter, Ph.D., Pherigo Professor New Testament Saint Paul School of Theology--Sanford Lakoff "Probably no one more than Richard Horsley has so heightened our awareness of the importance of political and economic issues inhering in - and not merely framing - the early Jesus movement and the letters of Paul. This volume of essays that he edits bring together seasoned, creative scholars to consider these issues and to be engaged by Simon Price, Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History (Oxford), in a quite engaging way. This nice fruit of the Paul and Politics Group of the Society of Biblical Literature brings makes consideration of the Roman Imperial Order quite provocative and exciting, and the fruit is accessible and nourishing to students at all levels." Calvin J. Roetzel, Arnold Lowe Professor of Religious Studies, Macalester College--Sanford Lakoff "With his latest volume, Horsley continues the work of challenging Pauline scholars to attend to other fields of study in this case, Roman Imperial history that have the potential to shatter the traditional theological orientation to Paul. The essays in this volume do not merely provide background from the Roman context; rather, they offer exceptionally original interpretations of Pauline texts and themes by foregrounding key aspects of Imperial Rome, and they make for exciting and provocative reading as a result! Pamela Eisenbaum, --Sanford Lakoff "Richard Horsley's scholarly work forced us to abandon "the unhistorical quest for the apolitical Jesus." Now he has turned his attention to "the unhistorical portrayal of an apolitical Paul." The collection of essays in this volume contextualizes Paul in the Roman imperial order of the first century. The contributors to this volume offer fresh and unexpected readings of familiar passages while providing richly textured information about the context of Paul's letters and struggles. This is a "must read" for anyone interested in the setting of Paul and his letters." William R. Herzog II, Sallie Knowles Crozer Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School--Sanford Lakoff "Adopting the perspective that "Paul's gospel of Christ" was opposed to the Roman Empire rather than to Judaism, each paper explores specific underlying anti-imperial issues in Paul's letters."" Religious Studies Review Vol. 31 Issue 1&2, "January/April, 2005""

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