Bandits Prophets and Messiahs: Popular Movements at the Time by Richard A. Horsley

By Richard A. Horsley

The Trinity Press version of this well known ebook incorporates a new preface by way of the writer, responding to reports of past variants. Horsley additionally units forth the ongoing price of Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs for reconstructing the social historical past historical past of the recent testomony. This ebook represents a super portrait of Jewish tradition within the first century and incorporates a clean evaluate of Jesus' relation to this complicated society. Horsley rediscovers the "common humans" (Jewish peasantry) in the course of Jesus – the loads led through bandit forces, apocalyptic prophets, and messianic leaders – and gives new insights into their importance. "Important and ground-breaking . . . . an important contribution to our figuring out of the first-century Jewish social world." – magazine of Biblical Literature "Social heritage at its top . . . . very important fabric for figuring out the Gospels' confession of Jesus because the Messiah." — the United States Richard A. Horlsey is Professor of Classics and faith on the collage of Massachusetts, Boston. he's writer of Galilee: background, Politics, humans; Archaeology, background, and Society in Galilee: The Social Context of Jesus and the Rabbis; and editor of Paul and Empire: faith and tool in Roman Imperial Society, all released by means of Trinity Press.

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The Persians reversed the Babylonian policies of large-scale deportations of native elites and enforcement of an official state religion. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 9 They allowed exiles to return to their native lands to pursue local customs and religion. For the Judeans, this made possi­ ble a rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem and the temple. Yet these very building projects also meant intensified labor for the peasantry, as well as the reestablishment of the old hier­ archical social structure, with Jerusalem again the adminis­ trative, social, and religious center.

Indeed, the Jewish ruling groups had good reason to be "afraid of the people," for the common people were not docile and passively resigned to their situation in life. They held ideals of what life should be like, and a memory which informed and buttressed those ideals. They remembered times when their forefathers had been free, and not under the control of domestic or foreign overlords; and they remembered previous conflicts in which their forebears had become subjected, but were able successfully to reassert their freedom.

After the mid-first century C E . , moreover, the behavior of the Jewish priestly aristocracy became increasingly predatory. For the Jewish peasantry, the Herodian and Roman domination meant unusually heavy taxation, indeed a serious threat to their very existence, as many were cut off from their land. Significantly, the period of most interest with regard to popular move­ ments and popular leaders such as Jesus of Nazareth is framed by large-scale peasant uprisings: the outbursts fol­ lowing the death of Herod in 4 B .

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