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Jesus and the Spiral of Violence: Popular Jewish Resistance in Roman Palestine

Jesus and the Spiral of Violence

Popular Jewish Resistance in Roman Palestine

Richard A. Horsley (Author)

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From this engrossing portrait of first-century Palestine, Jesus emerges as the catalyst of nonviolent social revolution that anticipates the renewal of Israel. This fascinating analysis opens up a new perspective of the Roman-dominated Jewish Palestine of Jesus' time, viewing it as an "imperial situation" in which individual acts of violence were responses to institutionalized repression and injustice.

Richard A. Horsley reveals the fiercely nationalistic Zealots as largely the fabrication of historians and exposes the erroneous view of Jesus as the sober prophet of nonviolence. In claiming the presence of the kingdom of God, Jesus aimed at catalyzing the renewal of the people of Israel, calling them to loving cooperation amid difficult circumstances of debt and despair and to organized resistance to the violence of an imperial situation.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800627102
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 368
  • Publication Date January 1, 1993

Endorsements

An examination of violence and injustice and of Jesus in the context of Roman occupation. "Horsley's work is ... a stimulating and vigerously argued treatment of the historical Jesus."
— Harold W. Attridge

Table of Contents

    Preface to the Paperback Edition
    Introduction

    PART ONE: THE IMPERIAL SITUATION AND THE SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE

  1. The Imperial Situation of Palestinian Jewish Society
  2. The Politics of Violence

    PART TWO: POPULAR JEWISH NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE

  3. From Rebellion to Tax-Resistance: Protests by Groups of Intellectuals
  4. Popular Mass Protests
  5. Apocalyptic Orientation and Historical Action

    PART THREE: JESUS AND NONVIOLENT SOCIAL REVOLUTION

  6. Abandoning the Unhistorical Quest for an Apolitical Jesus
  7. The Kingdom of God and the Renewal of Israel
  8. The Renewal of Local Community, I: Egalitarian Social Relations
  9. The Renewal of Local Community, II: Social-Economic Cooperation and Autonomy
  10. Judgment of the Ruling Institutions

    Conclusion: Jesus and Social Revolution

    Abbreviation
    Notes
    Index
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