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4 Aposynagōgos and Empire

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This chapter considers the aposynagōgos passages within the broader Roman imperial context in which John's Gospel was written and its narrative is set. The neo-Martynian tradition explored in the chapter was developed at a time when what we might call the "imperial turn" within the social sciences and humanities began to encourage scholars to focus upon the imperial context of the New Testament texts. The chapter argues that much like empire critical scholarship standing within the classic Martynian tradition, empire critical scholarship standing within the neo-Martynian tradition focuses unduly upon implicit messages purportedly detectable in John's Gospel. It develops an approach to the question of John and empire that avoids the pitfalls suffered by Martynian empire criticism. The chapter reviews the allegorical mode of empire criticism employed by scholars working within the classic and neo- Martynian traditions. It also talks about a post- Martynian empire criticism.

Keywords: aposynagōgos passages; classic Martynian tradition; John's Gospel; Martynian empire criticism; neo-Martynian tradition



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