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Render to Caesar: Jesus, the Early Church, and the Roman Superpower

Christopher Bryan


Several recent studies have raised postcolonial issues in relation to the biblical texts. Render to Caesar aims to address that conversation and to offer some critique. Chapter 1 discusses Israel’s traditions about empire and its attitudes toward international superpowers as it experienced them from the Egyptians to the Greeks. Chapter 2 considers the same question during the period from the Maccabees to the War with Rome and its aftermath. Against this background, chapter 3 examines what we may know or surmise of the teaching and ministry of Jesus and considers its likely significance vis-à- ... More

Keywords: Empire, Imperium, Israel, Jesus, Postcolonial, Rome, Superpower

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183344
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195183347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Bryan, author
University of the South
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