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Resurrection as anti-imperial gospel : 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10 in context / Edward Pillar.

Pillar, Edward, (author.).
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Subject: Bible. Thessalonians, 1st > Commentaries.
Bible. Thessalonians, 1st > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Thessalonians, 1st.
Bible. Epistles of Paul > Thessalonians.
Bible. Epistles of Paul > Commentaries.
Christianity and culture > Rome > History > Early church, ca. 30-600.
Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul > Thessalonians.
Bible. Epistles of Paul > Commentaries.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781451469684
  • ISBN: 1451469683
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xiii, 312 pages)).
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, 2013.

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General Note: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Trinity Saint David School of Theology, University of Wales, 2012.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-294) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: "Whom he raised from the dead" -- Turning to God -- Turning to God from idols -- "To serve ..." -- "The living and true God" -- Waiting ... -- "The son from the heavens" -- "Jesus, who rescues us from wrath" -- Conclusion.
Summary: Presuming that the heart of Paul's gospel announcement was the news that God had raised Jesus from the dead (as indicated in 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10), Pillar explores the evidence in Paul's letter and in aspects of the Roman imperial culture in Thessalonica in order to imagine what that proclamation would have evoked for its first hearers. He argues that the gospel of resurrection would have been heard as fundamentally anti-imperial: Jesus of Nazareth was executed by means of the epitome of imperial power. The resurrection thus subverts and usurps the empire's immense power. The argument is verified in aspects of the response of those living in a thoroughly imperialized metropolis.
Language Note: English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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