The city is an ambiguous symbol in the Bible. The founder of the first city is the murderer, Cain. The city of Jerusalem is the place chosen by God, yet is also a place of wrong-doing and injustice. Jesus seems to have largely avoided cities except Jerusalem, where he was crucified. 'The City in Biblical Perspective' examines the archaeological and social background of the urban biblical world and explores the implications of the deliberate ambiguities in the biblical text. The book aims to deepen our understanding of both the biblical and the contemporary city by asking how the Bible's complex understanding of the city can illuminate our own ever more urban time.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part One: The City in the Old Testament J.W. Rogerson 1. The Israelite City: History and Archaeology2. The Israelite City: Biblical Perspectives3. Making ConnectionsPart Two: The City in the New TestamentJohn Vincent4. Introduction5. The City and the World of Jesus6. The City and the First Christians7. Perspectives for our CitiesEpilogue: Making Connections
J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. John Vincent is a past President of the Methodist Conference, and was the founder of the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, of which he is now Emeritus Director.