Come Out My People God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond

ISBN-10: 1570758921
ISBN-13: 9781570758928
Edition: 2010
Authors: Wes Howard-Brook
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Description: This work provides a compelling vision of two religions - one of 'creation' and the other of 'empire' - running throughout the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and the profound implications this holds for believers today.

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Orbis Books
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This work provides a compelling vision of two religions - one of 'creation' and the other of 'empire' - running throughout the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and the profound implications this holds for believers today.

Preface
Abbreviations
In The Beginning
Introduction: �Is God on Our Side?� The Two Religions
�Then God Said, 'Let there be light!'� (Gen. 1)
The Bible as Story and as History
�By the Sweat of Your Face You Shall Eat Bread� (Gen. 2-3)
�And He Built a City�
East of Eden
�Am I My Brother's Keeper?� (Gen. 4)
The Historical Origins of �the City�
YHWH's Regret (Gen. 5-9)
The Beginning of Empire (Gen. 10-11)
Making One's Name Great
�Let Us Make a Name for Ourselves�: The Tower of Babel (Gen. 11)
�I Will Make Your Name Great�: YHWH's Call to Abram to Come Out of Empire (Gen. 12)
The Well-Watered Plain of Sodom
Turning to Egypt for Food (Gen. 12)
Choosing for Oneself (Gen. 13-14)
Entertaining Angels … or Not (Gen. 15-19)
Fulfilling YHWH's Promises
Ishmael �yitzchaqing� (Gen. 21)
The Binding of Isaac (Gen. 22)
Acquiring a Holding in the Land (Gen. 23)
Finding a Wife for Isaac (Gen. 24)
Two Nations Are in Your Womb (Gen. 25)
Learning to Be a Trickster (Gen. 27-29)
Wrestling with God and Humans (Gen. 31-32)
The Price of Settling Too Soon
From Exodus To Exile: The Two Religions In Conflict Amid God's People
Entering the �Exit Story�
Solomon's Wisdom
Dating Solomon
Solomon's �Nation Building�
Not Dividing the Baby
Finding the �Way Out�
Jeroboam's Rebellion
Birthing Israel, the People of YHWH
The Revenge of the Shilonites
Kissing Calves
Elijah, �Troubler of Israel� and His Successor, Elisha
Amos and Hosea: Calling Israel Back to the Sinai Covenant
�I Have Found the Book of the Torah in the House of YHWH!�
Hezekiah, Isaiah, and Micah Respond to the Threat of Assyria
Josiah, the Deuteronomistic History's True Hero
Monarchy, according to the Compromise Narrative
Role of Moses and Joshua
The Destruction of Jerusalem and the End of the Monarchy
What Was �Israel� before the Monarchy?
From Exile To Easter: Fallen Jerusalem, Fallen Babylon
The First Fall of Jerusalem: Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
�In the Wilderness, Prepare the Way of YHWH�: Envisioning a Way out of Exile
�Comfort, O Comfort My People�: Second Isaiah's Promise of Release from the Prison of Exile
Ezekiel, Part Two: New Jerusalem
The Struggle over Jerusalem's Restoration
Introduction
Haggai-Zechariah
The Law of Your God and the Law of the King: The Imperially Sponsored Restoration Project of Ezra-Nehemiah
against the Poor
�Do Not Let the Foreigner Joined to YHWH say, 'YHWH Will Surely Separate Me from His People' �: The Dissenting Voice of Third Isaiah
Genesis for a New Generation
Second Zechariah and the Beginning of Eschatological Hope
Leviticus: Cosmos, Temple, and Text in Microcosm
Chronicles: David as Patron of the Priesthood and Temple
�The Books of Moses� as Persian-supported �law� for Yehud
Assessing the Range of Visions for the Restored People of God
Seeking �Wisdom� under Greek Rule, Part One: The Ptolemaic Empire
From Persia to Greece
Wisdom from Above: A Brief Overview of �Royal Wisdom�
Hellenistic Royal Ideology in Ptolemaic Egypt
�I Will Send You the Prophet Elijah�: Malachi and the Closure of the Era of Prophecy
�All the Earth Was Filled with the Godlessness and Violence That Had Befallen It�: First Enoch's Book of the Watchers
�All Is Vapor�: Qoheleth's �Pox� on Both Houses
Seeking �Wisdom� under Greek Rule, Part Two: The Seleucid Empire
The Shift from Ptolemaic to Seleucid Rule of Judea in 200 BCE
Royal Wisdom on the Eve of Crisis: The Book of Sirach
The Epistle of Enoch: Measuring �Weeks� until the Coming of God's Reign
The Crisis under Antiochus IV Epiphanes
The Maccabees: Zealous and Violent Defenders of the Temple and of Religious Tradition
�And They Began to Open Their Eyes�: Enoch's Dream Visions
�And I Saw One Like a Human Being�: The Book of Daniel
From Greece to Rome: Longing for God's Reign to Come
The Hasmonean Dynasty: Empire from Within
Cosmos and Calendar: Enoch's Astronomical Book and the Book of Jubilees
The Qumran Community: Awaiting the �End of Days� in the Desert
The Temple Scroll: Envisioning a New Temple and a New King for Israel
Psalms of Solomon: Looking for a Messiah to Save Jerusalem
The Reign of Herod the Great, Puppet of Rome
Parables of Enoch: Awaiting the Son of Man
From Easter to the Eschaton: Jesus' Fulfillment of the Religion of Creation and Defeat of the Religion of Empire
Enlightenment and Empire: Reading Jesus from the Locus Imperii in the Light of the Resurrection
The Gospel of Jesus Christ against the Gospel of Empire
�The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ�: The Gospel of Mark
�Strive First for the Kingdom of God�: Matthew's Gospel
Proclaiming Jubilee: Luke's Gospel and Acts of the Apostles
�Savior of the World�: The Gospel of John
�Christ the Power of God and the Wisdom of God�: Paul's Counter-imperial Gospel
Paul's �Conversion�
Forming and Nurturing Communities of the �Called Out� (ekklesiai)
Paul's Gospel of the Victory of the Creator God over the Gods of Empire
�Come Out, My People�: The Book of Revelation
Conclusion: Hearing and Responding to God's Call: �Come Out, My People!�
Bibliography
Index

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