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'My hope is to overcome the apartheid between the academy and the congregation, suggesting ways in which cutting-edge biblical scholarship can be a positive and liberating force for Christianity in the twenty first century', says David Smith, author of Liberating the Gospel. This clear-eyed new study is prefaced by Tom Wright's claim that Christians have for too long 'read scripture with nineteenth-century eyes and sixteenth century questions', and that it is urgently necessary they learn to read 'with first century eyes and twenty first century questions'. The central section of the book concentrates on reading the narratives of the Galilean ministry of Jesus within their first century context, then exploring Paul's mission in the setting of the urban and imperial world of Rome, before offering reflection on the Apocalypse in the changed world following the destruction of Jerusalem. Smith then concludes his treatise facing the 'twenty first century questions', seeking to build a hermeneutical bridge to our globalised world. As a whole this major new book on Christian mission aims to contribute toward an understanding of how the dynamic message of Christ might be liberated to be heard as genuinely good news today, in the process potentially transforming Christianity, provided there is willingness to face opposition from a world resistant to the exposure of its injustices.

'David Smith takes up N. T. Wright's advice that we should read the New Testament 'with first-century eyes and with twenty-first century questions'. So he engages in what he calls 'deep listening' to the message of Jesus and the New Testament writers. This means attending to the context in which and to which they spoke. Their Gospel was not disconnected from the political, economic, social and cultural dynamics of their world. It spoke into those dynamics, often quite precisely and pointedly. A penetrating Christian critique of economic globalisation ... David's book could not be more relevant.' --Richard Bauckham

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • David Smith(Author)
  • Darton, Longman and Todd (28 April 2016)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Guest on 25 August 2017

    Refreshingly challenging of the quietest Gospel of the modern Church. I'd give it 10 stars if that were an option!

  • By Mr. D. P. Jay on 10 November 2016

    I remember being in awe of The Pergamon Altar in the museum of the same name in Berlin, little realising then what this told us about empire.Today’s globalised world shares many of the characteristics of the Roman Empire. Jesus’ message has been sanitised, lost its saltiness, become tepid so the author helps us to see afresh Jesus’s challenge.The book has five chapters: a relatively short introduction and conclusion are separated by three long chapters; one on Jesus, one on Paul and one on Revelation. By paying particular attention to the socio-economic context that both the writers and readers of the Scriptures experiences, Smith draws out new insights from the text and develops a scintillating critique of the inequalities of our globalised world.The author is a bit naïve when it comes to New Testament scholarship, thinking at the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain are two different occasions. Matthew’s doubling the demoniacs is seen by him as universalising the plight of the homeless.David takes up N. T. Wright's advice that we should read the New Testament 'with first-century eyes and with twenty-first century questions'. So he engages in what he calls 'deep listening' to the message of Jesus and the New Testament writers.I don’t like the way the author confuses sexual rapacity with bisexuality: Paul's hearers in Rome did not need to look very far to witness living examples of the vices and perversions he describes because at the very time at which his letter was composed the emperor Nero, a man known to be an aggressive bi-sexual, regularly stalked the streets of the city with his entourage, choosing people at randomto satisfy his lusts. However, the followers of Jesus in the Roman slums had much more personal and painful experience of the moral corruption described by Paul,since this was deeply embedded within a social system within which huge numbers of persons were treated as sub-human, and therefore as usable and expendable on the part of others who possessed power and were accorded honour.

  • By Mark Scott on 15 October 2016

    Finally an author with the skills, insight and passion to write something worth getting your teeth stuck into. It's a compelling read, and of huge relevance to the contemporary church. It's really an inspiring call to a 'deeper listening' of the New Testament texts, texts that have become so familiar to the point that they begin to lose meaning. 'Liberating the Gospel' reawakens us to the incredibly rich and relevant Word of God for our very complex globalised world. If you don't read anything else this year, read this!

  • By C A PRIMROSE on 4 July 2016

    I thought this was a really clearly set out, helpful book. Looking at both the historical context of the Gospels, Paul's epistles and John's Revelation and having done that seeing what relevance there was with the 21st Century world was a challenging experience (a good one).


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