PART THREE is focused on the distinctively Christian writings within the Bible, and concludes with a chapter that traces some possible future developments for the Bible in a world of many faiths.
Overview of chapter nine
This chapter begins the third and final section of the book, and is especially focused on Jesus. The title is suggesting that Jesus may have understood himself as a prophet of God's empire, and that such a lens may still be appropriate for religious progressives to view Jesus today. As a prophet, Jesus may have seen himself standing in the long tradition of God's troublemakers. In the case of northern Israel, where Jesus was most connected, that included such major biblical characters as Elijah, Elisha, Hosea and Jonah. The message that Jesus delivered was centered around the motif of the divine commonwealth, God's empire, or the reign of God—how things might be around here if God's perfect will for justice and peace was practiced rather than ignored.
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