Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yoder, The Politics of Jesus, v

I don't have a lot to say on this brief chapter. It's entitled "The possibility of Non-violent Resistance", and Yoder takes just a few pages to put the case that there existed in the Jewish context of Jesus the mental possibility of a non-violent resistance, not merely a violent Zealot option. He points to two incidents, one involving Roman standards brought into Jerusalem with Pilate as procurator, and the second with the attempt to set up a statue of Caligula in the temple, both of which were met with large scale Jewish dissent of a non-violent (and effective) nature.

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