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"The traditional way of understanding discipleship as one of taking people out of the world because it is a hostile place, promising them a better place in God's heavenly kingdom, has been radically transformed by this insight. Jesus call us rather to change the world in such a way that it will cease to be the hostile place it is, as we construct the way for God's reign on earth."    - Sam Wells ; Introduction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"Since in the Old Testament [sic] the idea of catching fish with hooks is used metaphorically to represent the divine judgment upon the rich and the powerful, the call to be 'fishers of people' is not a call to save people from their sins but rather an invitation to join Jesus 'in his struggle to overturn the existing order of power and privilege."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"The point here [story of the calling of the first disciples] is the following Jesus requires not just assent of the heart, but a fundamental reordering of socio-economic relationships . . . This is not a call 'out' of the world but into an alternative social practice."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Meeting Ched and reading Binding the Strong Man opened my eyes to the way in which the Gospels have been so completely domesticated for almost 2000 years by the culture of domination. Rather, they embody the radical word of God's liberation that comforts the poor, emboldens the prophets and causes 'the tyrants to tremble sick with fear.'"    - Jeff Dietrich ; Introuction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"We seem to have picked up the idea that holiness is a trance-like sense of peace and well-being in relation to those all around, an experience of floating on a magic carpet of tranquility. Wherever that picture of holiness came from, it certainly wasn't Mark's Gospel. Jesus is constantly having heated debates with everyone who held Israel in check. The one thing everyone seems to agree on today is that there's plenty wrong with the world. There are only two responses to this—either go and put it right yourself, or, if you can't, make life pretty uncomfortable for those who can until they do. When we take stock of our relationship with the powerful, we ask ourselves, 'Does the shape of my life reflect my longing to see God set people free, and do I challenge those who keep others in slavery?"    - Sam Wells ; Introuction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"I don't know any other scripture scholar or theologian who has been arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience in opposition to war, injustice, and empire. Because of those dramatic experiences, my friend Ched Myers understands the Gospels, the story of Jesus, like few other scholars."    - John Dear ; Introduction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"When Jesus healed the leper, he was also challenging social, cultural and even political mores."    - Sam Wells ; Introduction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"I believe scholarship that does not start and end in praxis is not worth engaging in."    - Osvaldo Vena ; Quoted by Ched Myers in Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"In the two decades since Binding the Strong Man was published I have lost many dear mentors and friends, some of whom I have named in this edition's acknowledgments. These losses have made me more conscious that this seasons of my life invites me to settle into new places. For one, I am clear that I have a role as a 'keeper of the tradition' for our scattered circles of radical discipleship which remains my true church."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man


"One trajectory of research deserves special mention: studies of the social context of ancient oral transmission among marginalized communities. Richard Horsley has shown how the popular oral storytelling of the Jesus movement, which drew on 'anti-hegemonic' cultural memory, was often in conflict with the elites's authority over texts. This is why Mark's references to scripture are always polemical . . . Moreover, Mark portrays actions in a way that calls to mind popular, oral tales about cultural heroes or peasant Israel such as Moses, Elijah, or Elisha, while the scribal class comes in for Jesus' severest criticism."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man


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