The Roman Empire and the Super Bowl

A couple of good books I’ve got hold of lately:

  • Quiet Strength, by Tony Dungy, who coached the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl win in 2007. Dungy’s faith shines through on every page. It costs only $0.99 in Kindle format.
  • Warren Carter’s book The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide (Abingdon, 2006) introduces the general reader to empire studies, an emerging area of biblical studies that I’ve been needing to inform myself on.

UPDATE: I’ve finished the empire book, and it’s given me a slightly more favorable view of empire studies than I had before. As with most literary lenses through which people view the Bible, its users sometimes go too far. If empire as a category can help us understand parts of the New Testament, that doesn’t mean it explains everything. I’ve loaned the book to my preacher, and I’ll look forward to his take on it.

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