By Warren Carter

In this important and leading edge contribution, Warren Carter explores John's Gospel as a piece of imperial negotiation within the context of Ephesus, capital of the Roman province of Asia. Carter employs a number of equipment, rejects sectarian situations, and builds on different Christian writings and up to date reports of diaspora synagogues that mixed participationist existence with observance of specified practices to argue that imperial negotiation used to be a contested factor for past due first-century Jesus-believers. whereas a few Jesus-believers most likely lived societally-accommodated lives, John's Gospel employs a "rhetoric of distance" to induce less lodging and to create an alternate "anti-society" for fans of Jesus crucified through the empire yet vindicated by way of God. as well as setting up this annoying ancient atmosphere, chapters establish a number of arenas and methods of imperial negotiation in wide-ranging discussions of the gospel's style, plot, Christological titles, constructing traditions, everlasting existence, similar to God as father, ecclesiology, Jesus' clash with Pilate, and resurrection and ascension.

Carter has explored interactions among the rising Christian stream and the Roman Empire in a number of articles and book-length reviews similar to Matthew and the Margins (Orbis), Matthew and Empire (Trinity Press International/Continuum), Pontius Pilate: photos of a Roman Governor (Liturgical), and The Roman Empire and the recent testomony (Abingdon).

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