"Bandits, Prophets and Messiahs" Book Review Examinations of the scripture tend to focus on the stories themselves. The social and political context of biblical stories are often ignored. This problem is addressed in Bandits, Prophets and Messiahs by Richard A. Horsley. Bandits, Prophets and Messiahs creates a more accurate account of the social and political context of Jewish Palestine before, during and after the first century C.E. Horsley’s thesis is that “…the Jewish peasantry was the dynamic force, the original source of historical change and its ramifications” (Horsley xxiii-xxiv). With this argument Horsley has reconceptualized the socio-political environment of Jewish Palestine during the first century C.E. It suggests that the...The end:
.....t the arguments themselves become suspect. In conclusion, it can be argued that Bandits, Prophets and Messiahs by Richard A. Horsley is a new and fresh look at Jewish Palestine in and around the first century C.E. His argument is so interesting because it suggests that the peasants were a major social force and were ultimately more important then the upper classes. This puts the actions and philosophy of Jesus into a new context. The only weakness with the work is that the sources are somewhat questionable. In this sense it can be argued that Horsley’s arguments are basically theories that need to be explored further. Works Cited Horsley, Richard A., Bandits Prophets and Messiahs, Trinity Press International, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1999.