Jesus’s Peaceful Resistance to Rome Based on Genesis 1
An Interview with Dr. John Dominic Crossan
Dr. John Dominic Crossan
John Dominic Crossan draws on his own Irish life experiences to create an image of Jesus living in an empire dominating the Jewish world of Jesus. The Roman Empire might have been perceived as “the world of civilization,” accomplishing great power and wealth. But this success came at the expense of its conquered nations. Jesus’s nonviolent opposition to Rome originated in his perception of the Sabbath creation of Genesis 1, in other words, the divine means of distributive justice.
John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American biblical scholar with two-year post-doctoral diplomas in exegesis from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and in archeology from Jerusalem’s École Biblique. He has been a mendicant friar and a catholic priest, a Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a President of the Society of Biblical Literature. His focus is on the historical Jesus who incarnates nonviolent resistance to the Romanization of his Jewish homeland and future hope of a transformed world and transfigured earth. Crossan’s method is to place biblical texts within their own purpose, time and place, and to hear them accurately for then before accepting or rejecting them for now.
We draw on some of the ideas from his new Render Unto Caesar: The Struggle over Christ and Culture in the New Testament (2022) to gain a broader perspective on the significance of the Jewishness of Jesus.
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