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The Politics of Jesus, 2nd Edition

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1994 / Paperback

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(PUBEerdmans)A standard in many colleges and seminaries. Yoder makes a strong case for the Anabaptist view of Jesus' radical critique of society as well as for an intense though pacifistic involvement. "One of the most significant studies in some time,"---Christianity Today. 256 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0802807348
ISBN-13: 9780802807342
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Tradition has painted a portrait of a Savior aloof from governmental concerns and whose teachings point to an apolitical life for his disciples. How, then, are we to respond today to a world so thoroughly entrenched in national and international affairs? But such a picture of Jesus is far from accurate, argues John Howard Yoder.

Using the texts of the New Testament, Yoder critically examines the traditional portrait of Jesus as an apolitical figure and attempts to clarify the true impact of Jesus' life, work, and teachings on his disciples' social behavior.

The book first surveys the multiple ways the image of an apolitical Jesus has been propagated, then canvasses the Gospel narrative to reveal how Jesus is rightly portrayed as a thinker and leader immediately concerned with the agenda of politics and the related issues of power, status, and right relations. Selected passages from the epistles corroborate a Savior deeply concerned with social, political, and moral issues.

In this thorough revision of his acclaimed 1972 text, Yoder provides updated interaction with publications touching on this subject. Following most of the chapters are new "epilogues" that summarize research conducted during the last two decades -- research that continues to support the insights set forth in Yoder's original work.

Currently a standard in many college and seminary ethics courses, The Politics of Jesus is also an excellent resource for the general reader desiring to understand Christ's response to the world of politics and his will for those who would follow him.

Editorial Reviews

Christianity TodayTop 10 Books of the 20th Century (2000)

Stanley Hauwerwas in Christian Century
"I am convinced that when Christians look back on this century of theology in America, The Politics of Jesus will be seen as a new beginning."

Dennis P. McCann
"When it was first published, The Politics of Jesus effected a coup de grace against neo-orthodox biblical theologies that had managed to depoliticize the ethical significance of Jesus' message. This second edition is no less provocative in contesting the reevaluations of New Testament ethics emerging from recent scholarship on the historical Jesus. Yoder presses beyond the question of whether Jesus was political to ask what sort of politics is the mark of Christian discipleship."

Max L. Stackhouse
"Although most Catholics, Calvinists, and Christian realists will remain skeptical of Yoder's view of Jesus and of politics, we are always challenged by him. This new edition includes acute responses to many critics. It will keep the discussion vibrant as Christians today decide how to engage our emerging cosmopolitan, global civilization."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2008
    Michael V. Baxter
    Always skeptical of any Christian book addressing politics, I found this book absolutely amazing. In it, Professor Yoder first presents the Kingdom that Christ established and the rules by which its citizens would adhere. All that proceeds from this idea, our role in this current earthly kingdom, our ethics, our duties, naturally follow from the fact that Christians have one Lord and Master and there can be no shared allegiance.
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    March 3, 2001
    Martin
    If more evangelicals read *this* book, instead of junk by Robertson, Falwell, Schaeffer, and Randall Terry. They would find their witness stronger and their influence greater than what they have acheived by just being the reliable footsoldiers of the Republican National Committee.
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