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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 political. --Ched Myers

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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Wes Howard-Brook teaches at Seattle University. He is the author of several Orbis books, including Unveiling Empire, The Church Before Christianity, Becoming Children of God, and co-editor of The New Testament: Introducing the Way of Discipleship.
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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570758921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570758928
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. France on August 3, 2011
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"Come Out, My People: God's Call Out of Empire and Beyond" is indispensable for readers whose faith moves them to care about justice, mercy and the fate of nations. It is incredibly well sourced (thoroughly absorbs Brueggemann, Horsely, Myers, et al -- who all praise the book to the skies). The main problem with it is that the reading it gives is so broad (the whole Bible) and the lens it applies is so powerful (the entire Bible is one super rich dialogue/conversation/argument between the "religion of Empire" and the "religion of Creation/Liberation") that it shakes one's old certainties and ways of addressing Scripture.
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The scope of this book is the entire Bible. That makes this commentary stand out. It shows the consistent opposition to empire, in its various forms, throughout the entire bible. It is scholarly and readable. It challenges with its applications to the present. For people in the U.S. it will be eye opening to see how the Empire is so much a part of what we label as church and religion. The review of this book by John Dear, S.J. is what led me to it, my own enthusiasm for and about it, I hope leads others to it.
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I don't agree 100 percent with the author of this book on the issue of the authorship of the books of the bible. I lean towards the conservative belief on that issue, but I believe reading Howard-Brooks analysis of the Old Testament as he describes the sinai tradition versus the monarchy and jerusalem temple tradition is invaluable insight in to possible motivations of old testament writers. Instead of accepting the scriptures as a monolithic, thematic unison, Howard-Brooks' analysis reveals possible motivations of authors and helps provide a critical understanding of the scriptures. Thank You for that. As far as accomplishing his task of actually proving 2 religions in the scriptures, I think he falls a little short as far as the old testament goes, but the new testament argument is a well founded one. Overall, this book is interesting to explore and well worth the read. I would also like to recommend the writings of Dr. Jose Miranda, namely Marx and the Bible and Being and the Messiah; for those interested in the theme of the bible and social justice.
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Had the pleasure of taking a class with the author of this book. Amazing class, amazing book. Although I was traditionally raised Christian, I believe this book relates its message in a way that's non threatening and non condemning to non Christians. Its more about explaining the histories of the bible through the different books, why the Old testament and and New seem so different, and most importantly the religion of empire vs. religion of creation (including why some books like Leviticus are ridiculous!). I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the Bible, its books, messages and histories. Even if you do not believe in Christianity I think is a wonderful way to be able to relate and realize their are some universal traits of morality that we all share.
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Wes Howard-Brook's "COME OUT, MY PEOPLE!" GOD'S CALL OUT OF EMPIRE IN THE BIBLE AND BEYOND provides a powerful review of two competing religious perspectives - one of creation, the other of empire - that appear throughout the Bible. Discussions of power and faith and how they affected empires and beliefs makes for a fine spiritual analysis recommended for any scholarly Christian collection.
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I'll preface by saying that I'm a seminary grad only ... I don't really know how to do (or critique) the kind of research that Howard-Brook's argument is built on (dating of particular books of the Bible in such a way as to suggest that different authors are in conversation/argument with one another, e.g. Exodus as a response and counter-narrative to the historical monarchy under Solomon). But it is a very well presented and well cited/sourced argument, not to mention an enjoyable read.

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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