Occupy the Bible | What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power (Thistlethwaite)
#OccupytheBible by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is an eye-opening, no-holds barred look at the real message of Jesus, using the scriptures foundational for the Christian faith. #OTB is also a practical “how to” guide for potential Christian “occupiers”—people sincerely committed to confronting the rising poverty and economic inequality in the United States. How will you use the powerful, unvarnished message of Jesus of Nazareth? Jesus said and did a lot about money and power in his own time. But, Jesus wasn’t a “free market capitalist” despite what some conservative Christians would like us to believe.
Jesus occupied the Temple in Jerusalem—effectively the national bank of his time—and threw out those who were exploiting the poor.
Jesus organized fishermen whose industry had been wrecked by the Roman Empire.
His followers included powerful “women of means,” like Mary Magdalene, who was last at the cross, first at the tomb, and who went on to become missionaries.
Jesus taught “in the streets,” preaching that God’s “side” is not that of the wealthy and powerful; and that all believers need to confront inequality now.
And more. . .
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ for over 30 years, she has authored and edited numerous works including Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World; Sex, Race and God: Christian Feminism in Black and White, Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside (co-editor) and Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Alternatives to War (co-editor). Dr. Thistlethwaite also writes a weekly column for The Washington Post "On Faith" online section and is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events. She is a Fellow of the Center for American Progress Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, and serves as a trustee of Faith in Public Life, and the Interfaith Youth Core.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions LLC
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.3 inches
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