The Subversive Gospel

A New Testament Commentary of Liberation

By Tom Hanks

The Subversive Gospel

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  • ISBN: 9781606084007
  • Pages: 288
  • Publication Date: 1/19/2009
  • Retail Price: $34.00
Web Price: $27.20
Web Price: $27.20

The Subversive Gospel

A New Testament Commentary of Liberation

By Tom Hanks

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606084007
  • Pages: 288
  • Publication Date: 1/19/2009
  • Retail Price: $34.00
Web Price: $27.20

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What do the New Testament writers actually teach about (1) the poor, (2) women, and (3) sexual minorities? Why do traditional commentaries and introductions so often ignore or treat superficially such burning questions churches grapple with today? Must we seek out specialized monographs to get adequate information and satisfactory answers in each area? At last, in a single volume Tom Hanks brings together the fruit of decades of study, examining each New Testament book in each of these three crucial areas, which often overlap in human experience (Latin American male liberation theologians often forget that the "option for the poor" may involve solidarity with a lesbian of color who wants to be ordained!).

Building on his pioneering study on oppression and poverty in Biblical theology (Orbis 1984; Wipf 2000) and his Anchor Bible Dictionary article on "Poverty" in the New Testament (which the New York Times review commended for its balance), Hanks analyzes the teaching of each New Testament book regarding the main cause of poverty (oppression) and the variety of liberating Christian responses. Feminist and womanist studies are mined to highlight the presence/absence and role/leadership of women in each New Testament book. The remarkable absence of modern notions of "family" and "family values" in the New Testament books is emphasized, along with the prominence of sexual minorities as authors and subjects of the New Testament books.

L. William Countryman comments regarding the poor, women and sexual minorities: "Tom Hanks has brought these issues to the exegesis of the New Testament in a sustained and orderly fashion. He demonstrates beyond question that most of the New Testament authors were not interested in maintaining the household structures of the ancient Mediterranean and that, indeed, most of the individuals presented in the New Testament documents would not have seemed to be models of 'family values' either in their time or today….The works of Hanks and [Theodore W.] Jennings, with their detailed and careful argumentation, show that excellent work is being done in this vein. However surprising their conclusions may be to casual readers (or offensive to readers protecting what they conceive as orthodoxy), they are, in fact, deeply grounded in attentive scholarly work" (Dirt, Greed & Sex, Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007, p. 251-252).

Endorsements & Reviews-

L. William Countryman comments regarding the poor, women and sexual minorities: "Tom Hanks has brought these issues to the exegesis of the New Testament in a sustained and orderly fashion. He demonstrates beyond question that most of the New Testament authors were not interested in maintaining the household structures of the ancient Mediterranean and that, indeed, most of the individuals presented in the New Testament documents would not have seemed to be models of 'family values' either in their time or today….The works of Hanks and [Theodore W.] Jennings, with their detailed and careful argumentation, show that excellent work is being done in this vein. However surprising their conclusions may be to casual readers (or offensive to readers protecting what they conceive as orthodoxy), they are, in fact, deeply grounded in attentive scholarly work" (Dirt, Greed & Sex, Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007, p. 251-252).

"Tom Hanks' . . . compelling evidence that most New Testament authors were sexual minorities themselves, and that all of them supported liberation from every type of oppression, feels like coming home. . . . [I]f you love God, the written word, and your neighbor as yourself, this is a book that will make you glad to be alive."
--Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Ph.D., author of twelve books including Omnigender

"Through careful scholarship and imaginative readings of the scriptures, Hanks boldly restores to Christianity its original nonviolent vision of liberating justice for all. For me, Tom Hanks remains a modern-day St. Paul."
--Robert E. Goss, Th.D., Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, author of Jesus Acted Up, and co-editor of Take Back the Word.

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Tom Hanks

Bio(s)-

Thomas D. Hanks served with the Latin America Mision from 1963 to 1989 as Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Latin America Biblical Seminary (now University). He did graduate studies at Wheaton Graduate School of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary (B.D.), Garrett-Northwestern (M.A.) and Concordia Seminary (Th.D.). Since 1992 he has been Executive Director of Other Sheep, a multicultural ministry with sexual minorities. He also is author of God So Loved the Third World (Wipf and Stock).

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