#Occupy the Bible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power

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Jesus of Nazareth said and did a lot about money and power in his own time. But Jesus wasn't a "free market capitalist" despite what some conservative Christians would like us to believe in the twenty-first century. -Jesus occupied the Temple in Jerusalem-effectively the national bank of his time-and threw out those who were exploiting the poor. -Jesus organized fishermen whose industry had been wrecked by the Roman Empire. -His followers included powerful "women of means" who were last at the cross, first at the tomb, and who went on to become missionaries. -Jesus taught "in the streets" preaching that God's "side" is not that of the wealthy and powerful and that all believers need to confront inequality now. #Occupy the Bible is an eye-opening, no-holds barred look at the real message of Jesus, using the Scriptures that are foundational for the Christian faith. #Occupy the Bible is also a practical "how to" guide for potential Christian "occupiers"-people sincerely committed to confronting the rising poverty and economic inequality in the United States using the powerful, unvarnished message of Jesus of Nazareth.

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Susan B. Thistlethwaite is a professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, where she is known for her insight into the training of church workers and ways of bringing the particular resources of women and minorities into play for the church.

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The power and clarity of Dr. Thistlethwaite's book confronts an anemic church afraid of the words and witness of Jesus Christ. This is a must-read for all
who want to reclaim the Bible and the Church from poor biblical scholarship and a market driven theology possessed by Wall Street. Read at your own risk. You may accept the call of #occupy the world with love and justice. --The Reverend Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL

This book is a must read for Christians struggling to follow Jesus in an era of rampant greed as well as those concerned that America's economic system is morally bankrupt. The book's grounding in Scripture and theology is a critical tool for anyone trying to counter hypocritical political leaders or Christian right leaders who are leading America astray on economic policies and principles. --The Reverend Jennifer Butler, Executive Director, Faith in Public Life

Many serious-minded faith leaders still cannot articulate why the Occupy movement engaged them so powerfully or why its distinctive culture continues to fascinate. For all such leaders this book will come as a huge gift. Susan Thistlethwaite uses compelling scholarship to show just how biblically and theologically relevant the Occupy movement was and is. It doesn't matter that the encampments are gone; this book is about us: it is about our calling and our need do do a 'mic check' on a money-dominated social system that is rapidly losing its way. --The Reverend Peter Laarman, Executive Director, Progressive Christians Uniting

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