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"Come Out My People!": God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond Paperback – October 1, 2010
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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 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 that the story called America. Wes Howard-Brook knows that 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
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The book is pretty comprehensive for the entirety of Christian scripture, and gives account for most of what is not discussed. It also served, for me, as a helpful introduction to some of the non-canonical literature (Enochian writings, Maccabees, etc). It is quite a task for the Christian interpreter to read a particular lens across the broad narrative of both OT/NT. I hesitate to say that Howard-Brook's reading can be classified as as anti-imperial, though, because he does not think that scripture, as a whole is decidedly anti-imperial, but in an argument within itself. While all of the NT literature that he references is, in his reading, consistent with the anti-imperial strand from the OT, he interestingly leaves out the pastoral epistles, which could possibly be read as the beginning of the early church's compromise with empire. Howard-Brook does, himself, side with the "religion of creation" over the "religion of empire", but does not make a case for reforming the canon based on this reading.
All in all, an incredibly helpful and interesting introduction to the biblical witness (and beyond) as it concerns the ruling empires throughout the narrative and religious collaboration with them. I recommend it to anyone interested in the composition and compilation of the Bible as well as anyone who is interested in questions of how the contemporary church ought to understand its role in the political landscape today.
Looking forward to the second volume!
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Have you ever had a moment in your life where you realized that everything you thought you knew about something was completely wrong? Read morePublished 8 months ago by W. Michael DeJonge
The author creates a premise around a theme of conflict between a spiritual "creation" perspective in faith and an "empire" one. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Jackie Brown
This is a fresh perspective on some familiar stories. It takes careful reading, and every page has some profound issue to think about. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Paul Bavinton
I heard Wes Howard-Brook speak here in Brisbane, and I was completely "hooked", and so excited by his way of dealing with the Bible.. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Ruth Wyatte
This book is an accessible summary and introduction to scripture through the lens of Empire and Liberation. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Katy Heeren
This book takes you through the history of ancient times showing over and over man's desire for power and empire building verses God's desire for man to love his enemies and work... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A scholar and an anarchist wrote this book and presents some fascinating details about scripture that causes me to think anew about monarchy. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by bill
This is a great overview of the Bible from a completely different context than I'm used to. I really appreciate the perspective of the book that helps me to start sorting out why... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Marilee