This is my original list of about 130 books. I have worked on paring it down to what I have discovered as directly relevant texts and then to a core list. These will be found here:
Abridged Bibliography
Core Bibliography

BOOKS ON GRECO-ROMAN MEALS Study by the Society of Biblical Literature

In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity, Hal Taussig, 2009

Subversive Meals, R. Alan Streett 2013

From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World, by Dennis E Smith, 2009

Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table, Dennis E Smith and Hal Taussig, Ed 2014

Many Tables: The Eucharist in the New Testament and Liturgy Today, By Dennis E Smith and Hal Taussig, 2001

Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean Society Philip Harland 2003

Gemeinschaftsmahl und Mahlgemeinschaft: Soziologie und Liturgie fruhchristlicher Mahlfeiern Matthias Klinghardt 1996

Associations in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook, Richard Ascough , Philip Harland, John Kloppenborg 2012

Voluntary Associations in the Graeco-Roman World, John S. Kloppenborg, Stephen G. Wilson 1996

Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective, Andrew B. McGowan 2014

The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul, Wayne Meeks 2003

The Corinthian Women Prophets: A Reconstruction through Paul’s Rhetoric, Antoinette C Wire 2003

Paul’s Macedonian Associations: The Social Context of Philippians & 1 Thessalonians, Richard S. Ascough 2003

The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, Karen King 2003

Paul and the Politics of Difference: A Contextual Study of the Jewish-Gentile Difference in Galatians and Romans, Jae Won Lee 2014

In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins, Elisabeth Schuessler-Fiorenza 1994

The Double Message : Patterns of Gender in Luke-Acts, Turid Karlsen Seim 1995

Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity, Jonathan Z. Smith 1990

Paul: In Fresh Perspective, N. T. Wright  2009

Crossan (to add)

BOOKS ON EMPIRE AND THE NEW TESTAMENT Study by American Academy of Religion

The list is alphabetized by author. 

A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, Bruce Birch Editor 2011

Being the Church in the Midst of Empire, Karen L. Bloomquist 2005

Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most, Marcus Borg 2014

The First Christmas, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, 2009

Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary, Marcus Borg 2000

+Luke-Acts and Empire: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Brawley,  David Rhoads and David Esterline 2011

The Practice of Prophetic ImaginationWalter Brueggemann  2012

Prophetic Imagination, Walter Brueggemann (revised) 2012

Sabbath as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann 2014

Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination, Walter Brueggemann, 1993

Theology of the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann 2012

Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture, Walter Brueggemann 2013

Render to Caesar: Jesus, the Early Church, and the Roman Superpower, Christopher Bryan  2005

Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire: The Development of Christian Discourse, Averil Cameron 1991

John and Empire: Initial Explorations, Warren Carter  2008

Matthew and Empire: Initial Explorations, Warren Carter 2001

Matthew and the Margins: A Sociopolitical and Religious Reading,  Warren Carter 2013

The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide,  Warren Carter  2009

Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World, Warren Carter  2013

What Does Revelation Reveal? Unlocking the Mystery, Warren Carter  2011

Mark and Empire: Feminist Reflections, Laurel Cobb, 2013

The Reemergence of Liberation Theologies: Models for the Twenty-First Century, Thia Cooper, Ed

The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative  Icon, John Crossan and Marcus Borg  2009

God and Empire, John Dominic Crossan 2009

In Search of Paul, John Dominic Crossan  2009

Reading Paul in Context: Explorations in Identity Formation, Kathy Ehrensperger 2013

The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire (Paul in Critical Contexts), Neil Elliot 2008

Liberating Paul, Neil Elliott 2006

Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins, Steven Friesen 2006

*ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church, Frost and Hirsch, 2008

The Tribes of Yahweh: A Sociology of the Religion of Liberated Israel, Norman Gottwald 1979

Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (Revised), Hauerwas & Willimon 2014

The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted, Obery Hendricks  2006

Jesus, Justice and the Reign of God, William Herzog II 1999

Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed, William R. Herzog, 1994

Prophet and Teacher: An Introduction to the Historical Jesus, William Herzog 2005

The Bible and Liberation, Gottwald and Horsley 1993

Hidden Transcripts And The Arts Of Resistance: Applying The Work Of James C. Scott To Jesus And Paul, Richard Horsley  2004

In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance, Richard Horsley editor 2008

Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder,  Richard Horsley 2002

Jesus and Spiral of Violence, Richard Horsley 1993

Jesus and the Politics of Roman Palestine, Richard Horsley  2013

Jesus and the Powers: Conflict, Covenant, and the Hope of the Poor, Richard Horsley 2010

Jesus in Context: Power, People, and Performance, Richard Horsley  2008

John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel, Horsley and Thatcher 2013

Message and the Kingdom  by Richard Horsley  2002

Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society, Richard Horsley 1997

Paul and the Roman Imperial Order, Richard Horsley 2004

The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel, Richard Horsley 2012

The Church Before Christianity, Wes Howard-Brook 2013

Come Out, My People! God’s Call out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond, Wes Howard-Brook 2012

Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now, Howard-Brook and Gwyther  2013

Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race and Culture in Philemon (Paul in Critical Contexts), Matthew Johnson 2009

Galatians Re-Imagined: Reading With the Eyes of the Vanquished, Brigitte Kahl 2010

Paul and Politics: Ekklesia, household, and empire in 1 Corinthians 1-7., Ok-Pil Kim 2011 

Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians, Pui-lan Kwok and Don H. Compier 2007

Paul and the Politics of Difference: A Contextual Study of the Jewish-Gentile Difference in Galatians and Romans, Jae Won Lee 2014

Apostle to the Conquered: Re-imagining Paul’s Mission (Paul in Critical Contexts), Davina Lopez 2008

Picturing Paul in Empire: Imperial Image, Text and Persuasion in Colossians, Ephesians and the Pastoral Epistles, Harry O Maier 2013

The Social Gospel of Jesus, Bruce Malina  2001

The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul (Paul in Critical Contexts), Joseph Marchal  2008

Transient Apostle, Timothy Luckritz Marquis 2013

Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies,  Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica 2012

The Underground Church: Reclaiming the subversive way of Jesus, Robin Meyers 2012 

Subverting the Devil’s Kingdom 24/7 , Jared Moore 2012

Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus, Ched Myers 1987

Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture, Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts 2012

Faith in the Face of Empire: the Bible Through Palestinian Eyes, Mitri Raheb  2014

Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times, Joerg Rieger, 2007.

Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude, Joerg Rieger  2013

Religion, Theology, and Class, Joerg Rieger  2013

World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age, Kavin Rowe 2009

Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts, James C Scott 1992

Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation, Ed Setzer 2012

Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus, Mike Slaughter, 2014

The Colonized Apostle: Paul Through Postcolonial Eyes (Paul in Critical Contexts), Christopher Stanley 2011

Jesus and Politics: Confronting the Powers, Alan Storkey  2005

Subversive Meals, R. Alan Streett 2013

Greater Than Caesar: Christology and Empire in the Fourth Gospel, Tom Thatcher 2009

To Caesar What Is Caesar’s: Tribute, Taxes, and Imperial Administration in Early Roman Palestine, Fabian Udoh  2005

Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire, Walsh and Keesmaat 2004

Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals, Trevin Wax 2010

Pax Romana and the Peace of Jesus Christ, Klaus Wengst 1987

Resisting Empire: Rethinking the Purpose of the Letter to “the Hebrews”, Jason Whitlark 2014

Paul and the Faithfulness of God, N T Wright 2013

The Politics of Jesus, John Howard Yoder 1972

4 + 86


Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, Karen Armstrong 2014

Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks, Walter Brueggemann 2014

The New Testament: Methods and Meanings, Warren Carter  2013

The Future of Faith, Harvey Cox  2009

Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope, Brian McLaren  2007

The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything , Brian McLaren 2006

Heaven on Earth , R. Alan Streett  2013

Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, Walter Wink 1992.

Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way, Walter Wink, 2003

The Powers That Be: A Theology for a New Millennium, Walter Wink 1998 book

More BOOKS ON EMPIRE AND THE NEW TESTAMENT Study by American Academy of Religion 

New Testament Background: Selected Documents: Revised and Expanded Edition, Charles K. Barret, 1995

Preaching John’s Gospel: The World It Imagines, Dave Bland (Editor), David Fleer (Editor), 2008

The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Context, Gary M. Burge, Lynn H. Cohick , Gene L. Green, 2010

John’s Gospel in the New Perspective: Christology and the Realities of Roman Power, Richard J. Cassidy, 1992

Reading the New Testament: Contemporary Approaches, (Reading Religious Texts), James Crossley 2010

Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, David A. deSilva, 2000

Soundings in Cultural Criticism: Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament, Lozada Francisco, 2013

The New Testament and Ethics: A Book-by-Book Survey, Joel B. Green (Editor), 2013

The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, Joel B. Green (Editor), Lee Martin McDonald (Editor), 2013

Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation, Michael J. Gorman, 2011

The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction, Luke Timothy Johnson, 2010

Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke, Seyoon Kim, 2008

The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts: A Social, Literary, and Theological Introduction, Karl Allen Kuhn 2015

Discourses of Empire: The Gospel of Mark from a Postcolonial Perspective, Hans Leander, 2013

Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance, Robin Meyers 2015

Untold Tales from the Book of Revelation: Sex and Gender, Empire and Ecology, Stephen Moore, 2014

Liberation from Empire: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in the Gospel of Mark (Studies in Biblical Literature), Cheryl S. Pero, 2013

Acts of Empire: The Acts of the Apostles and Imperial Ideology, (Sino-Christian Studies: Supplement) Christine Petterson, 2012

Rejection: God’s Refugees in Biblical and Contemporary Perspective, (McMaster New Testament Studies), Stanley E. Porter (Editor), 2015

Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey, Mark Allan Powell, 2009

Roman Imperial Texts: A Sourcebook, Mark Reasoner 2013

Luke’s Jesus in the Roman Empire and the Emperor in the Gospel of Luke, Pyung Soo Seo, 2015

Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish Texts and Contexts,Daniel Lynwood Smith, 2015

The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire: Reading Revelation with a Postcolonial Womanist Hermeneutics of Ambivalence, Shanell T. Smith, 2014

No Longer at Ease: Seven Churches and the Empire: A Study of Revelation 1-3, Kent Ulery, 2011

Resisting Empire: Rethinking the Purpose of the Letter to “the Hebrews” (The Library of New Testament Studies), Jason A. Whitlark, 2014

Jesus, the Galilean Exorcist: His Exorcisms in Social and Political Context (The Library of New Testament Studies), Amanda Witmer, 2014

The Roman Empire in Luke’s Narrative (The Library of New Testament Studies), Kazuhiko Yamazaki-Ransom, 2010



God’s Reign and the End of Empires, Antonio Gonzalez, 2012

Empire and Apocalypse: Post-colonialism and the New Testament (Bible in the Modern World), Stephen D. Moore, 2006

A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings (Bible and Post-colonialism), Fernando F. Segovia (Editor), R. S. Sugirtharajah (Editor), 2009

The Bible and Empire: Postcolonial Explorations, R. S. Sugirtharajah, 2005



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