Until the modern era, monarchs were understood to be supported by the power of God; they were, in fact, in some cases thought to be gods themselves. The Bible has often been misinterpreted to encourage such oppressive values. Robert Gnuse, however, argues that the Bible is not a tyrannical text. Rather than displaying the lofty, divine status of kings, the Bible portrays them as human and thus serves as a powerful text for liberation from tyranny and equality for al people. By considering the passages about kings and kingship, Gnuse highlights the liberating message of the Bible and applies that message to today's world. If we attend to these stories of freedom, we will work toward ending political abuses and foster liberation and equality. Robert Gnuse, PhD, is the James C.Carter, SJ/Chase Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Religious Studies Department at Loyola University New Orleans. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the field of biblical studies.The books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings have little patience with most of the kings of Israel and Judah from 930 to 586 B.C.E., and the ... After a superficial reading of the text, which lends inspiration to Sunday school stories and grade-B movies in the portrayal of the great, ... of David and other kings to discover irony and sarcasm designed to condemn kings and the activities of those in power.15 Robert Alter, anbsp;...
|Title||:||No Tolerance for Tyrants|
|Publisher||:||Liturgical Press - 2011-04-01|