[XTalk] Crossan's BOC: Problems with Tax Collectors&Sinners
- It has been my recent understanding that the tax collectors that Jesus was
said to consort with were part of the exploited class--born a tax collector,
always a tax collector, with very little chance of escape from an enforced
"class occupation," reviled by all, etc. Is this completely false?
I like Crossan's book, but I found his chapter on "The Companionship and the
Kingdom," especially his sub-chapter on Tax Collectors and Sinners"
unconvincing. Part of this is that his understanding of tax collector as
occupation is a voluntary occupation that supports the exploiting class.