Friday, March 23, 2012

Endorsements of Subversive Meals

Here are the four blurbs that will appear on the back cover of my upcoming book Subversive Meals, due out in August 2012:

“Worship is politics. Alan Streett sets the Lord’s Supper in the context of Passover and Jesus’ mealtime teaching to argue astutely that it was an anti-imperial praxis. It contested Roman rule, ideology, and stratified social practice with theological and Christological counter-assertions, and egalitarian social practices. Streett’s insightful argument makes a significant contribution in recasting understandings of the Lord’s Supper.”

Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament,
Brite Divinity School, TCU (Fort Worth, TX)

“The concept behind this book is brilliant, and Streett has given it a thorough and judicious study. This book will serve as a benchmark for future scholarly debates about early Christian meals and anti-imperial rhetoric.”

Dennis E. Smith, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament,
Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK)

“The Passover meal was a celebration of liberation from the ancient Egyptian Empire. So if the Lord's Supper continued the tradition of the Passover celebration, as Streett contends, wasn't it a celebration of liberation from the Roman Empire? Alan Streett has ‘connected the dots’ in a careful step by step analysis and argument. For those loyal to a Lord who transcended Caesar as Lord, the Supper quickly became the central ceremony of their cohesive communities, which collectively formed an alternative, anti-imperial society.”

Richard A. Horsley, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Religion,
University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA)

“Working especially with the New Testament writings of Luke and Paul, Streett demonstrates the surprisingly political significance of the early church’s Lord’s Supper. That is, the Supper had not only to do with the church’s internal life but spoke profoundly of the church’s rejection of Roman imperial ideology and the practices by which it was propagated. The consequences of this study are both historically important and theologically challenging, since Streett’s work participates in the ongoing destruction of the walls that separate theology and practice, and worship and politics.”

Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation,
Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)

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