C. Wess Daniels, Ph.D. is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center & Quaker Studies at Guilford College. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina…
Jesus Against Empire: Solidarity, Liberation, and the Poor in the time of Jesus
C. Wess Daniels,
Jesus is many things to many people. For some, he is the Lord of the Cosmos, for others, he was a good teacher, while others see his life as a hoax. However, these associations stem from our current assumptions and lenses as they have to do with religion and the church, our experiences with “Christianity,” and our educational and class backgrounds. What if we were to look at Jesus empathetically and tried to understand him from his perspective and in his time? What if we sought to understand Jesus as a poor Palestinian-born Jew living under Roman imperial occupation? How would that change our perspective of Jesus’ life, teachings, and message as we seek to understand how to resist empire in our own time? In this course, we will take seriously Jesus’ life as one who resisted empire with his body and sought to build a community of resistance in the world. In each session we will read and discuss Gospel accounts of Jesus, consider First Century context and ways that Jesus subverted power as a poor person, and consider how Friends might resist empire today in ways similar to Jesus.
Live sessions are every Thursday at 19:00-20:30 (UK time)
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