Empire, Wealth, and Poverty in the New Testament - BST7103
This course will examine issues of Roman dominance in the Mediterranean world from the second century BCE to the second century CE. Special attention will be given to issues of empirical ideologies of power, wealth, exploitation, and economic marginalization, as these important social and political realities were a concern for conquered peoples enslaved under Roman political and social dominance in this period.
We will read primary sources from Second Temple Judaism, Greco-Roman historiography, the New Testament, and Jewish and Christian writings from this period. We will discuss postmodern/post-colonial interpretations of these primary sources, from critical historical analysis to critical social analysis, and we will apply these readings to the social and political realities of empire, economic exploitation, and the response of faith in our world today.