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From Blog to Sermon: The Politics of the Resurrection Part 5: Jesus the Messiah?

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Ultimately, Jesus never died for our sins. Jesus died for causing the religious and political authorities to feel seriously threatened by his activity. To say otherwise is to say that people do not act with any reasonable purposes or motivations. … Continue reading

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From Blog to Sermon: The Politics of the Resurrection Part 3: 1st Century Judaisms

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The Maccabean resistance movement resulted in a very short period of Jewish independence from the Seleucid empire. More importantly, it culminated in the establishment of the Hasmonean dynasty. That is, Judas Maccabeus’ brother Simon established a monarchical throne over Judea. … Continue reading

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From Blog to Sermon: The Politics of the Resurrection Part 2: The Maccabees and Daniel

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With the historical context of the crucifixion fresh in our minds, we turn to the context surrounding resurrection. Hope for resurrection always occurred in the face of imperial dominance. The Hebrew Bible contains many figurative uses of people being raised … Continue reading

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