I am currently working on a book that examines and analyzes NT songs, which when interpreted in light of their socio-political context shows them to contain subversive lyrics and, at times, hidden transcripts. As such they present an alternative vision for the world in comparison to that of the Empire. To bolster and illustrate, I draw an analogy between these first-century songs and more modern songs of various genres ( e.g. negro spirituals, anti war, civil rights, reggae, hip hop, etc.) that are typically sung by those living in perceived oppressive societies and serve the same purpose as NT songs.