Linda & Ernest Pennells wrote:
> Although there has always been a strong interest in the historical context
> of the bible, a specific focus upon political struggle visible within the
> Gospels seems relatively new. I guess Reimarus, Eisler and Brandon sounded
> the wake-up call for looking at the gospels through a politician's eyes.
a politician's eyes??
Taking you to mean "through a 'political' reading, your assertion above ignores, I
think, the work of the such members of Chicago School in the 20s and 30s as F.C.
Grant and Shirley Jackson Case and even the work done by Foakes-Jackson in their
Background to Acts Volumes..
> On my shelf I have Ched Myers "Binding the Strong Man"; and Richard
> Horsley, "Jesus and Empire". Martin Goodman, "The Ruling Class of Judaea";
> and William Herzog, "Jesus, Justice and the Reign of God", paint the
> aristocratic priesthood in political colours.
> I would appreciate recommendations on other recent published work that
> promotes a political-economic reading of the Gospels.
To name a few: John Howard Yoder's _The Politics of Jesus_; George Edwards' _Jesus
and the Politics of Violence_; Marcus Borg's _Conflict, Politics, and Holiness in
the Teaching of Jesus; _Warren Carter's commentary on Matthew and his _Matthew and
Empire_; Horsley's _Jesus and the Spiral of Violence_and his _The Message and the
Kingdon_; N.T. Wright's Jesus and the Victory of God_. See too Martin Hengel's
_The Zealots_ and his _Victory Over Violence_.
Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
1500 W. Pratt Blvd. #1
Chicago, IL 60626