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Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke
Seyoon Kim

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Format: Paperback, 240pp.
ISBN: 9780802860088
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pub. Date: October 16, 2008

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The slogan “Paul and the Empire” is much in vogue in New Testament scholarship today. But did Paul truly formulate his gospel in antithesis to the Roman imperial cult and ideology and seek to subvert the Empire? In Christ and Caesar Seyoon Kim first examines five epistles of Paul exegetically and shows how the dominant anti-imperial interpretation is actually difficult to sustain.

Next he examines the Lukan writings (Luke-Acts) to see how Luke talks about the encounters of Paul and other gospel preachers with Roman imperialism. Kim explores why it is that Luke makes no effort to present Christ’s redemption as materialized in terms of political liberation. Finally, Kim compares the exaltation Christologies of Luke, Revelation, Paul, and Hebrews and inquires about the hermeneutical possibility of developing a political Christology in our present-day context.



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Seyoon Kim is professor of New Testament and associate dean for the Korean D.Min. program at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. Among his other books are The Origin of Paul’s Gospel, “The Son of Man” as the Son of God, and Paul and the New Perspective.

Table of Contents

1Reading 1 and 2 Thessalonians in terms of the imperial cult3
2Anti-imperial interpretation of other Pauline epistles11
3The problems of the method28
4Factors that make an anti-imperial interpretation difficult34
5Summary and conclusion65
6The Gospel charged as anti-imperial75
7Jesus the Davidic Messiah and universal lord, and his liberation of Israel77
8Jesus' redemption : it is not a deliverance from the Roman Empire94
9Jesus redemption : it is a deliverance from the kingdom of Satan114
10The apostles' campaign against the kingdom of Satan and witness to the kingdom of God151
11 Reasons for lack of concern for the political materialization of redemption161
12Summary and conclusion191
Epilogue Some implications for today200
Select bibliography204
Index of modern authors215
Index of scripture and other ancient texts218

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