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Inhaltsangabe: The Politics of Jesus is a powerful new biography of Jesus told from the margins. Miguel A. De La Torre argues that we all create Jesus in our own image, reflecting and reinforcing the values of communities-sometimes for better, and often for worse. In light of the increasing economic and social inequality around the world, De La Torre asserts that what the world needs is a Jesus of solidarity who also comes from the underside of global power. The Politics of Jesus is a search for a Jesus that resonates specifically with the Latino/a community, as well as other marginalized groups. The book unabashedly rejects the Eurocentric Jesus for the Hispanic Jesus, whose mission is to give life abundantly, who resonates with the Latino/a experience of disenfranchisement, and who works for real social justice and political change. While Jesus is an admirable figure for Christians, The Politics of Jesus highlights the way the Jesus of dominant culture is oppressive and describes a Jesus from the barrio who chose poverty and disrupted the status quo. Saying "no" to oppression and its symbols, even when one of those symbols is Jesus, is the first step to saying "yes" to the self, to liberation, and symbols of that liberation. For Jesus to connect with the Hispanic quest for liberation, Jesus must be unapologetically Hispanic and compel people to action. The Politics of Jesus provocatively moves the study of Jesus into the global present.
The thicker Jesus that Miguel De La Torre describes is a Jesus of liberation. This good news of Jesus present lo cotidiano (in the everyday) lives of the marginalized and the oppressed, compels Christians to look at the manner in which we recognize God with us, working for the liberation of the oppressed and the oppressor from injustice.--Reggie L. Williams, McCormick Theological Seminary"
In the tradition of Yoder, De La Torre challenges dominant neoliberal and imperialist readings of Jesus and offers insight into new ways of reading Jesus through the eyes of Hispanic Christians. A provocative read!--Rebecca Todd Peters, Elon University
The thicker Jesus that Miguel A. De La Torre describes is a Jesus of liberation. This good news of Jesus present lo cotidiano (in the everyday) lives of the marginalized and the oppressed, compels Christians to look at the manner in which we recognize God with us, working for the liberation of the oppressed and the oppressor from injustice.--Reggie L. Williams, McCormick Theological Seminary
Over the past few decades, biblical scholars have had conversations about reading ethics in the Bible and about the politics of reading the Bible. Now we have a prolific ethicist, Miguel De La Torre, reading the Bible and writing about the politics of Jesus. De La Torre presents a Jesus that is relevant to not only Latino/as but also to anyone who cares about justice and liberation. This book is about what Jesus means for our needy and troubled world today, as well as how a radical ethics of liberation may be grounded in the Bible's stories about Jesus.--Tat-siong Benny Liew, College of the Holy Cross
The Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre has done it again! In the tradition of his award-winning Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins and in further development of his central argument in Latina/o Social Ethics, De La Torre argues both with and against John Howard Yoder in his presentation of a 'Jesus over and against Jesus.' Readers will be challenged and provoked by De La Torre's intriguing 'Christology with an accent.'--Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Claremont School of Theology
In The Politics of Jesus, Miguel A. De La Torre situates his curiosity about Jesus and Christology through autobiography, scripture, and global sociocultural history as he challenges us to acknowledge our subjective biography of Jesus, which leads to an empire-seeking, genocidal, satanic Jesus who demands realized oppression and injustice. With electrifying passion, formidable intellect, and a rich historical, sociocultural, Cuban-American legacy, De La Torre challenges our sensibilities regarding how we read and interpret Jesus from the lens of a Latina/o Jesus salvific figure, so that we honor the imago dei of marginalized Hispanics. He calls us to critical, analytical thinking and hermeneutics that exposes the lived experience of the disposed, disenfranchised, and disinherited--those deemed 'other.' The Politics of Jesus is a must-read for those who want to engage the message and meaning of the gospel, towards a more just social order: to set the captives free.--Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Shaw University Divinity School
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