Romans Disarmed

Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice

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Sylvia C. Keesmaat, Brian J. Walsh
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , May
     2019.
     416 pages.
     $26.99.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781587432842.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Globalization. Homelessness. Ecological and economic crisis. Conflicts over sexuality. Violence. These crisis-level issues may seem unique to our times, but Paul's Letter to the Romans has something to say to all of them.

Following their successful Colossians Remixed, Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh unpack the meaning of Romans for its original context and for today. The authors demonstrate how Romans disarms the political, economic, and cultural power of the Roman Empire and how this ancient letter offers hope in today's crisis-laden world.

Romans Disarmed helps readers enter the world of ancient Rome and see how Paul's most radical letter transforms the lives of the marginalized then and now. Intentionally avoiding abstract debates about Paul's theology, Keesmaat and Walsh move back and forth between the present and the past as they explore themes of home, economic justice, creation care, the violence of the state, sexuality, and Indigenous reconciliation. They show how Romans engages with the lived reality of those who suffer from injustice, both in the first century and in the midst of our own imperial realities.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sylvia C. Keesmaat is Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Toronto.

Brian J. Walsh is Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of Toronto.

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