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Taking account of recent discoveries in the social sciences, Horsley scrutinizes the life of Jesus in the light of popular movements, history "from below," and oral performance. How the powerful and powerless within an empire have profoundly different worldviews and approaches to their problems. 256 pages, softcover. Fortress.
What difference did empire make for Jesus and his disciples? What difference did empire make for the broader social currents of which he and they were a part? What social roles did Jesus perform, what "little tradition" did he embody against the "great tradition" of Roman culture? What difference does it make for our understanding of Jesus if we attend to new kinds of evidence regarding popular movements, the dynamics of oral tradition, and reading history "from below"? Richard A. Horsley addresses all these questions and sketches a dramatic new picture of Jessus in light of recent approaches.