Week 4 – Sugirtharajah: Roman Imperialism and Christian Scribality; Kelber

Kelber offers us the insight of the need to control the media (my words), in portraying history, ideology, point of view, etc, within the lives of the Jews and Christians.  During the life of Jesus and following, particularly after the fall of the Temple, the Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes struggled to tell their own stories from their perspective.  The Christians got in on it too, and using the examples of Mark, Luke, and Revelation, explains how.  Luke, he offers, is an apologetic to Rome telling of the life of Jesus, striving for us to what I read as syncretize our faith within the Roman context.  Hence the same for today, yes?  I’m not sure I agree with his point of view, but am lacking on an informed, intelligent response at this juncture.  The newness and perspective have hindered abilites.

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~ by Brian Shope on October 22, 2007.

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