Render to Caesar
Jesus, the Early Church, and the Roman Superpower
By (author) Christopher Bryan
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Render to Caesar by Christopher Bryan
Book DescriptionIn this book, Christopher Bryan reexamines the attitude of the early Church toward imperial Rome. Choosing a middle road, he says that Jesus and the early Christians did indeed have a critique of the Roman superpower - a critique that was broadly in line with the entire biblical and prophetic tradition. One cannot worship the biblical God, the God of Israel, he says, and not be concerned about justice, including international justice, here and now. On the other hand, Bryan does not think that the biblical tradition challenges human power structures by attempting to dismantle them or replace them with other power structures. Instead, he says, it consistently confronts such structures with the truth about their origin and purpose. Their origin is that God permits them. Their purpose is to serve God's glory by promoting God's peace and God's justice. As Bryanu puts it, "the prophetic tradition subverts 'the powers that be' by persistently demanding that they do their job."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195183344
(243mm x 165mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Resurrection of the Messiah, Hardback (May 2011)
Bryan combines literary, historical, and theological approaches in this study of the doctrine of the Resurrection. Throughout, Bryan exhibits a willingness to face hard questions as well as an appropriate reverence for a faith that for almost two thousand years has enabled millions of people to lead lives of meaning and grace.
And God Spoke, Paperback (January 2002)» View all books by Christopher Bryan
And God Spoke offers essential guidelines for everyone who wonders about the authority of the Bible, and who wants to read it with attentiveness and understanding.
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Author Biography - Christopher Bryan
Christopher Bryan is the C. K. Benedict Professor of New Testament at the School of Theology, University of the South.
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