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Most Relevant Audience: Anyone interested in empire criticism, post-colonialism, de-colonialism, New Testament studies, and political theology.
Scot McKnight and Joseph Modica, eds. Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013),
Drew Strait, “Proclaiming Another King Named Jesus?”
“the apostles’ obedience to God is not a call to violent sedition but to faithful witness to God’s ways in Jesus. As Kavin Rowe memorably asserts: ‘new culture, yes—coup, no.’ Given the Jewish precedent for violent revolt against imperial powers, Luke’s emphasis on nonviolent witness is a striking feature of Acts.” 144
“In a nutshell, in Romans 1 we have a natural juxtaposition between two competing reigns: the house of Caesar and the house of David. There is a contrast of two divine ‘sons’: Caesar, who achieved this divine sonship by killing his political adversaries, and Jesus, whose divine sonship is recognized by resurrection from the dead…The salvation of Rome was created by violence, while the salvation of God was displayed in his offer of reconciliation.” 158
Romans 13, 159
160: “Survival is one of the best forms of defiance.”