This book was written to reconcile Jesus’ political nature with his disinclination to power. Broken into three parts answering three key questions—“Was Jesus Political?”, “How was Jesus Political?”, and “Why did Jesus not openly announce his political role?”—Mark Moore concentrates on Mark 10:32–45 as a real articulation of Jesus’ political praxis consistently supported through Jesus’ ministry and teaching.
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“Hence, the following is offered as a working definition of a political figure: A public figure who wields power over an identifiable group of supporters with the intention of carrying out a social agenda. This includes three core elements: supporters, an agenda, and power.” (Pages 2–3)
“Furthermore, Matthew 12:6 has Jesus claiming to be greater than the temple itself. It would be virtually impossible to overemphasize the importance of this point. Jesus likely understood himself to be the fulfillment of the prophecy of Nathan (2 Sam 7:13–15) as the temple-builder.17 Matthew 12:6 merely confirms what is attested amply elsewhere—Jesus threatened the destruction of the present temple and promised himself as its replacement (cf. Mark 11:15–18/Matt 21:12–16/Luke 19:45–47; Mark 14:58/Matt 26:61; Mark 15:29/Matt 27:40; John 2:19–20; Acts 6:14). If Jesus was greater than the temple, then he was, by default, greater than David, who was debarred from even building the temple!” (Page 107)
“The evidence indicates that Jesus was considered a political figure by both friend and foe precisely because he intended to present himself in that way.” (Page 2)
“it was his political praxis that he consistently modeled and enjoined on his followers.” (Page 2)
“self-abnegation was, in fact, normative for Jesus and that it was not antithetical to his political praxis” (Page 2)