“In the Shadow of Empire”


Recent Biblical scholarship has rediscovered the central importance of the Roman Empire in understanding the struggles of the early church in living and proclaiming the Kingdom or Commonwealth of God, a major message, if not THE major message, of Jesus. All the people living in the first century lived “In the Shadow of Empire”, as the title of one book puts it. As this Dinner Church Blog site develops, there will be postings on the following issues:

I Why has the role of the Roman Empire been reassessed in its impingement upon the beginning of Christianity?
Posting: “Dinner at Pemberley”

II What is the nature of (the Roman) Empire?

III Where do we find the message of the Kingdom as conflicting with Empire in New Testament writings?

IV How did the early followers of Jesus deal with the Kingdom/Empire conflict?