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Jesus and the Peasants (Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context) [Paperback]

By Douglas E. Oakman (Author)
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While some of the chapters focus on systemic issues, others probe the depths of individual Gospel passages. The author's keen eye for textual detail, archaeological data, comparative materials, and systemic overviews make this volume a joy for anyone interested in understanding Jesus in his own context. The volume is organized into three interrelated parts: 1) political economy and the peasant values of Jesus, 2) the Jesus traditions within peasant realities, and 3) the peasant aims of Jesus.

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Description: While some of the chapters focus on systemic issues, others probe the depths of individual Gospel passages. The author's keen eye for textual detail, archaeological data, comparative materials, and systemic overviews make this volume a joy for anyone interested in understanding Jesus in his own context. The volume is organized into three interrelated parts: 1) political economy and the peasant values of Jesus, 2) the Jesus traditions within peasant realities, and 3) the peasant aims of Jesus. Endorsements: ""Anyone who has ever wondered why the Lord's Prayer asks for the gift of bread and the forgiveness of debts has got to read this book. Anyone who has never wondered has even more cause to read this book. Anyone curious about the real value of a denarius or Jesus's take on the morality of money or how many calories were necessary to keep from starving or how Jesus advised to resist an economic system geared for devouring widows' houses--anyone, in short, eager to learn of the day-to-day realities of first-century Palestine as the matrix for Jesus's message can't get and read this book soon enough. ""Behind the rich information on the peasant world of Jesus and his appeal to first-century peasants is a constant hermeneutical question humming in the background: what does this mean for us today? What are those 'general human concerns' that suggest some link or bridge between ancient Israelite farmers and urban yuppies? How might a 'realist' stance of reading find in the biblical experience and its symbols voices that speak about 'the essentially human'? ""The information that Oakman provides in these essays is essential for understanding the world of Jesus and his peasant perspective. The moves Oakman suggests for bridging the gap from past to present are essential for keeping a reading of the Bible from becoming an exercise in canonical archaeology or an illusion that the Bible is hot off the divine press."" --John Elliott, University of San Francisco, Emeritus About the Contributor(s): Douglas E. Oakman is Professor of New Testament and Dean of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He is also the author of Jesus and the Economic Questions of His Day and coauthor of Palestine in the Time of Jesus.

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Studio: Cascade Books
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.55" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Cascade Books
ISBN  1597522759  
ISBN13  9781597522755  


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One of a Kind  May 1, 2008
I searched all over for information on taxation and debt in Jesus' time. With 100 pages on the political economy, you can't beat this. The first two chapters, on Jesus and Agrarian Palestine: The Factor of Debt, and Jesus and the Problem of Debt in Ancient Palestine, I finally made a dent in my quest. I've spent hours on them.

Part I -
I wish he would written a chapter on the various kinds of taxation, but it is only mentioned here and there in the other chapters. For example, land tax, poll tax, soil tax, etc. A great chapter is on suggestions for further study. The remaining chapters in Part 1 are 'How Large is a 'Great Crowd', the Ancient Economy and St John's Apocalypse, Money in the Moral Universe of the New Testament, and the Economics of Palestine.

Part 2 -
This section is on 'The Jesus Tradition Within Peasant Realities,' which mostly has chapters on Gospel pericopes (the mustard seed parable, the Beelzebul Pericope, cursing the fig tree and the Lord's Prayer). Two, however, are on the countryside and whether Jesus was a peasant.

Part 3
This is on 'The Peasant Aims of Jesus' - i.e., what did Jesus hope to accomplish? These chapters are 'Models and Archaeology in the Social Interpretation of Jesus, Jesus the Tax-Resister, and Jesus, Q and Ancient Literacy in Social Perspective.

I'm skeptical of his conclusions in the sections relating to Jesus' teachings, but the economical, political and cultural background he gives them is interesting.

Go to the Cascade Books website for the back cover review. His co-authored book, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, is also excellent.
 

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