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date: 16 June 2019

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The chapter will highlight the deep ambivalence toward empire to be found within biblical narratives. Through a sampling of different kinds of narrative materials—in terms of major literary corpora (such as the Torah and epistles) and minor narrative forms (such as hymns and parables)—from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, it will argue that empire in biblical narratives may be summarized as a tale of two kinds of empire: one of unjust oppression and one of refuge, justice, and mercy. The chapter ends by suggesting how this biblical tale of ambivalence about empire is still relevant for contemporary thought about our world today

Keywords: ambivalence, Egypt, David, Persia, Paul, Rome, bird of the air, prophets, rhizome, globalization

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