By Stanley E. Porter

How does a Christian render unto Caesar what's Caesar's, and unto God what's God's? This ebook is the results of the Bingham Colloquium of 2007 that introduced students from throughout North the US to ascertain the hot Testament's reaction to the empires of God and Caesar. chapters lay the root for that reaction within the previous Testament's notion of empire, and 6 others tackle the reaction to the proposal of empire, either human and divine, within the quite a few authors of the recent testomony. a last bankruptcy investigates how the church fathers appeared the problem. The essays reveal quite a few equipment and positions; jointly, despite the fact that, they provide a consultant pattern of the present nation of research of the concept of empire within the New testomony.

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How does a Christian render unto Caesar what's Caesar's, and unto God what's God's? This booklet is the results of the Bingham Colloquium of 2007 that introduced students from throughout North the United States to ascertain the recent Testament's reaction to the empires of God and Caesar. chapters lay the basis for that reaction within the previous Testament's notion of empire, and 6 others handle the reaction to the concept of empire, either human and divine, within the a variety of authors of the hot testomony.

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E m p i r e s exist for the benefit primarily o f the controlling m o n a r c h y a n d the " h o m e " nation, rather t h a n as c o m m o n w e a l t h s . Thus the finan­ cial bleeding o f c o n q u e r e d o r subjugated lands via tribute, tax, a n d t o l l 21 is permissible a n d expected. It is the right o f s o m e nations to enrich themselves via empire a n d the required role o f o t h e r nations to provide the r i c h e s . " ANET 200. And from a historical prism of the Assyrian emperor Tiglath-Pileser I (1114-1076 BCE): "With the help of Ashur (and) Shamash, the great gods, my lords, I, Tukultiapilesarra, King of Assyria...

2 Pet 3:10; 1 Cor 5:5; et al. S T U A R T — D a v i d s Costly Flirtation with Empire-Building A n o t h e r way to say this is to point out that t h e O l d T e s t a m e n t envisions that all earthly empires o f any sort will eventually b e destroyed by divine fiat so that t h e age o f the n e w creation can b e characterized b y a d e m o c r a t i z e d access t o Yahweh a n d his blessing via conversion to t h e faith o n c e h o u s e d provisionally o n l y in Israel: 54 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.

W h a t is m o s t apparent in review is that, individually, the resulting chapters offer a diverse representation o f different m e t h o d s and positions in regard to understanding the relation­ ship o f empire and the N e w Testament. Together, however, the papers offer a representative and t h o r o u g h sample o f the c u r r e n t state o f study o f the n o t i o n o f empire and t h e N e w Testament. BIBLIOGRAPHY Bainton, Roland. A Historical Survey and Critical Re-evaluation. Nashville: Abingdon, 1988.

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