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#Occupy the Bible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power Paperback – February 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1938231445 ISBN-10: 1938231449

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions LLC (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938231449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938231445
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The power and clarity of Dr. Thistlethwaite's book confronts an anemic church afraid of the words and witness of Jesus Christ. This is a must read for all who want to reclaim the Bible and the Church from poor biblical scholarship and a market driven theology possessed by Wall Street. Read at your own risk. You may accept the call of #occupy the world with love and justice." --Rev. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ

"This book is a must read for Christians struggling to follow Jesus in an era of rampant greed as well as those concerned that America's economic system is morally bankrupt. The book's grounding in scripture and theology is a critical tool for anyone trying to counter hypocritical political leaders or Christian right leaders who are leading America astray on economic policies and principles." --Rev. Jennifer Butler, Executive Director at Faith in Public Life

"Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite brings the brains of a first rate scholar, the spirit of a pastor and the passion of a prophet to "occupying" the Bible. Her book reveals the immediate relevancy of the sacred scriptures for today's struggling world and offers a compelling altar call for Christians to live out the mandate for justice inherent within our faith." --Rev. Dr. Paul Rauschenbush, Religion Editor at The Huffington Post

"Susan Thistlethwaite uses compelling scholarship to show just how biblically and theologically relevant the Occupy movement was and is. It doesn't matter that the encampments are gone; this book is about us: it is about our calling and our need do a 'mic check' on a money-dominated social system that is rapidly losing its way." --Rev. Peter Laarman, Executive Director at Progressive Christians Uniting

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a professor of theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and formerly served as its president from 1998 to 2008. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1974, she's authored numerous books, and has worked on two different translations of the Bible. She also writes a weekly column for the Washington Post ("On Faith") and is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events. Her previous works include Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Alternatives to War (USIP, 2008) and Adam, Eve and the Genome: Theology in Dialogue with the Human Genome Project (Fortress Press, 2003). She currently serves on the boards of the Center for American Progress, Faith in Public Life, the Interfaith Youth Core, and the Medill Center for Religion in the News Media. She has a Ph.D. from Duke University, a Masters of Divinity (Summa Cum Laude) from Duke Divinity School, and a B.A. from Smith College. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

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Easy to read and definitely makes you think.
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This book is accessible, great for discussion, fun, creative and informative.
Karen Hessel
Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, one of progressive Christianity's leading voices.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Hessel on March 15, 2013
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Recommended to people of faith and even SMNR (Spiritual but not "Religious"). This book is accessible, great for discussion, fun, creative and informative. Wherever you are on life's journey if you want to hear and understand the voices of progressive Christians and others, this is a good read. Susan knows how to take the "academic" and give it new life. And give it to a friend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alice L. Vetter on March 1, 2013
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For people concerned about the New Testament's relevancy in today's world, this book is a revelation(no pun intended). The Rev Dr. Susan Thistlewaite leads readers through Jesus' ministry and at the same time ties it in with today' s issues, so that a 2,000 year old story seems as though it were written yesterday. It's just sad that human history is so predictable.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Currie on November 20, 2012
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#OccupytheBible is a must read e-book from The Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, one of progressive Christianity's leading voices. Read and share as we seek to reclaim the wisdom of Jesus from those in our churches who would ignore poverty. - Rev. Chuck Currie
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BrianK on January 27, 2013
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Occupy the Bible provides an accessible, easy-to-understand overview of theological concepts and key Biblical passages relating to money and economics. (The downside of this approach is that Thistlethwaite has to gloss over some interesting and relevant arguments about Biblical translations and theology.)

The strength of this book lies in its careful organization: 10 chapters, each looking at a different approach or idea around the main theme. Starting with the basic idea of "interpreting the Bible from street level" – ie, liberation theology – Occupy moves through an examination of key moments in the life and teaching of Jesus. At the same time, it introduces ideas from Feminist and Womanist criticism, politics, economics, and even pop culture.

The chapters all start with a Biblical passage, then move on to discuss the passage and theology, and finally onto a modern-day political topic. In the strongest chapters, like the chapter on Jubilee, this leads to a thought-provoking juxtaposition of debt forgiveness with prison labor and mass incarceration. The weakest chapter, "Jesus Against Rome: The Crucifixion of Power", though, gets too bogged down in a discussion of pop culture and fictionalized versions of real-life events.

While I disagreed with some of Thistlethwaite's interpretations and conclusions, I was struck by a number of passages in this book that opened up these familiar Bible stories to me in new ways.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Petofi on December 5, 2012
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Excellent book. What Christians today fail to realize, particularly those who call themselves "conservative Christians," is that Jesus wasn't crucified for doing charity, anyone can do that. Jesus was crucified for joining the poor and turning the social order upside down. Charity by itself is only a very temporary band-aid that does nothing to change the status-quo.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joerg Rieger on November 27, 2012
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The timing for this book is right, and its message is to the point. In contexts where the Bible is read for the most part in order to shore up the status quo, the Bible needs to be read "at street level" if it is to make a difference. This has happened in many places around the world, but the time is right for it to happen in the United States on a big scale.

The author's work is extremely helpful in this regard. The references to her own experiences with reading the Bible in the streets, to the work of Latin American liberation theology, and to Martin Luther King, Jr., are right on target.

People need guidelines for reading the Bible from the street level, as this is not taught in school or church at this time. The author provides such guidelines in the book. There are some good practical suggestions made here, even about which Bible translations to use. The welcome by-product of this approach is that it can be applied to reading other texts from the street level as well.

Moreover, I appreciate the fact that the author discusses the opposition to this kind of reading. She mentions not just the Christian Right but also liberal interpretations, which fail to be liberating. In sum, this book offers much-needed advice for people who care about the positive difference that the Bible can make and complements other books on occupy and religion.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Beyonce on April 5, 2013
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This book takes a look at Jesus and his teachings and paints a picture that our savior was for the poor and opressed and against both the political & religious estblishments of its time. This is a refreshing and welcomed look at Jesus true teaching and not the bull.... that comes from religious conservatives.Mammon rules the world today at its most brutal. 4 Stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thinker on March 31, 2013
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A new and more careful look at oft-quoted stories of the life of Jesus, along with prompts to action beyond reflection.
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