Explores the structures of imperial power in first-century Palestine to reveal the particular power of Mark’s gospel for Christians today. Combines academic insights into Scripture with personal experiences of social inequities around the globe and a strongly articulated argument for resistance against Empire (then and now) as a crucial component of any life of Christian discipleship. Cobb parses Marcan passages that might be well-known to the reader with a fresh eye, offering insights into the scriptures and applying those insights to the experience of the contemporary reader. Using her many personal experiences of faith, economic struggle in the face of a globalised consumer culture dictated from the United States, and gender inequality, Cobb asks the reader to address one’s own responsibilities as a citizen of the world in need of resistance against imperial power in all its forms.
Laurel Cobb, Author
Laurel Cobb worked for three decades in international public health and social welfare programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She holds a Masters in Theological Research from Andover Newton Theological School, Massachusetts.