August 12, 2011
Theology and Religious Studies Adjunct Professor Wes Howard-Brook received first place in Scripture by the Catholic Press Association for his sixth book, “Come Out My People!: God’s Call Out of the Empire in the Bible and Beyond" (Orbis Books, Maryknoll, N.Y.).
"Come Out, My People!" presents the Bible as a struggle between two competing "religions": the "religion of creation" versus the "religion of empire." Howard-Brook demonstrates how throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, these two religions battled for hearts and minds by claiming radically divergent views of who YHWH is and what it looks like to be YHWH’s people. Howard-Brook sees the resurrection of Jesus as the definitive vindication of the religion of creation. While many recent scholars have studied the imperial context of the New Testament, Howard-Brook traces this theme throughout the entire Bible.
“One of the biggest challenges for Christians is that Jesus stands for love of our enemies,” Howard-Brook said recently. “Yet, the Hebrew Bible describes the destruction of enemies and empires in the name of God. Jesus and Paul were learned in the Hebrew Bible. I was able to uncover in the text the long thread that authenticated the religion of creation.”
Wes Howard-Brook has been on the faculty in the College of Arts of Sciences since 1992. His other works include The Church Before Christianity, Becoming Children of God: John's Gospel and Radical Discipleship, John's Gospel & the Renewal of the Church, Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now, and The New Testament: Introducing the Way of Discipleship.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees, including major and minor degrees in Theology and Religious Studies.
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