‘Anthony Keddie's study of class and power in first century Judea brings refreshing realism to the study of a period that is often viewed through the lens of the history of ideas. At the same time, he appreciates that texts do not simply reflect economic realities, but are constructive attempts to shape the changing ideologies of class. An excellent contribution to the study of the matrix of the Christian movement.'
John J. Collins - Yale University, Connecticut
'Were Jesus’ movement and the First Jewish Revolt consequences of increased income inequality and the exploitation of the lower classes in Roman Palestine? Through a detailed analysis of literary sources and archaeological evidence, Keddie convincingly argues against this view, concluding that changes to class distinctions under Roman rule occurred only gradually, and with a mixed impact on non-elites. Keddie’s book is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the socio-economic circumstances under which Jesus’ movement emerged.'
Jodi Magness - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
‘This book is invaluable for situating the New Testament stories in the context of a real world. The 70 page bibliography is also a fingerlickin’ resource.’
Source: Church Times
‘… a valuable reference for scholars and graduate students.’
Source: Religious Studies Review