Book Review: The Politics of Jesus : Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted

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Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.,The Politics of Jesus : Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted. NY: Doubleday Religion, 2006

Summarizing comments based on some Amazon reviewers’ commnents):

This volume is divided into two parts: 1) the construction of a viable framework for understanding Jesus‘ immediate political and social message; 2) the measurement of Ronald Reagan’s and George W. Bush’s conduct in light of that framework (bad…despite his desire to be prophetic, it does not distinguish itself from the plethora of previous published anti-Bush books This part should be avoided when reading today).

For the first part, it also sounds like the well accepted principles of “liberation theology”: God asks us to dedicate ourselves to 1) struggling to with the dispossessed, the forgotten, the disabled, and the impoverished, and to 2) bringing the world in line with a vision of love, liberation, and justice (Mic 6:8).

But more insightful here is Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.’s proposition that “the Jewish roots of Jesus influenced Jesus’ political confrontations with Rome”. Jesus was as concerned about an individual’s citizenship on earth as an individual’s citizenship in heaven. Whenever he talks about the Kingdom of God, he is firmly rooted in his Jewish heritage. His parables and prayer are loaded with implicit political overtones in its Hebraic ways. Jesus was political and wanted to initiate a Kingdom community that is based on the Hebrew notions of justice, righteousness, and love. Early Christians got this message when they proclaimed Jesus their Lord.

This is the political Jesus that today’s Christian Right doesn’t want to admit.

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1 réflexion sur « Book Review: The Politics of Jesus : Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted »

  1. 週日,周逸衡母親追思禮拜。遇周功和院長,上次就職感恩禮拜,他就說有機會很想再跟你談談;這次,他說,美國聖經校系所的教授,不能把他們想成是「規矩的基督徒」(類似)。意思是,學位要拿到,教授只是普通人吧?

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