This book's findings are rich and intriguing: In his death, Jesus--the chief architect in the production of space in the Christian realm--founds an alternative community that reorders space and creates a new reality for believers. This new community, which dwells in this radical new space, successfully resists the domination of oppressive regimes and mindsets, such as the Roman Empire. Suffering is transformed here. Many recent biblical studies have utilized various methodologies and historical-critical viewpoints, which have been helpful. However, drawing on theories of space and postcolonial approaches, Dr. Ajer breaks new ground in Johannine studies, a new terrain that will yield much fruit. The new understandings of ""space"" provide a key with which we may unlock more of the mysteries of the Fourth Gospel, as Ajer here demonstrates with powerful new discoveries and insights into John's Passion narrative. ""With a carefully formulated hermeneutical strategy employing the spatial theory of political geography, Dr. Ajer in this book provides a new insightful interpretation of the death of Jesus in the Gospel of John that cracks open a possibility of construing a politically charged, anti-imperial message of liberation from a seemingly innocuous and overly spiritualized text of the Johannine gospel."" --Eugene Eung-Chun Park, Dana & David Dornsife Professor of New Testament, San Francisco Theological Seminary ""The scholarly conversation on the significance of Jesus's passion in the Fourth Gospel had, until recently, focused mostly on the historical, literary, and theological aspects of this narrative. Few studies had discussed its political and spatial aspects. The present study by Peter Ajer takes these less-travelled roads with a political reading of the passion narrative in John that is also sensitive to spatial questions."" --Jean-Francois Racine, Associate Professor of New Testament, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and Graduate Theological Union Peter Claver Ajer holds a PhD in biblical studies (New Testament) with a complementary concentration in the allied field of political science (peace and conflict studies). He is currently adjunct faculty in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Francisco. He has been a visiting lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at University of the Pacific, and guest speaker in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California, Berkeley. n
The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John by Peter Claver Ajer was published by Pickwick Publications in September 2016. The ISBN for The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John is 9781498279628.