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"For Jesus, compassion had a radical sociopolitical meaning. In his teaching and table fellowship, and in the shape of his movement, the purity system was subverted and an alternative social vision affirmed. The politics of purity was replaced by a politics of compassion."    - Marcus J. Borg ; Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

"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

"He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"    - Jesus ; Matthew 25.45

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