166 Book Reviews / Pneuma 30 (2008) 147-191 Efrain Agosto, Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2005). 256 pp., $29.99, paper. Efrain Agosto, Professor of New Testament and Director of the Programa de Ministerios Hispanos at Hartford Seminary, helps ﬁll a scholarly gap in the otherwise well-supplied booklist on Christian leadership. His work is prompted by his experience of Hispanic Pentecostals who lead eﬀectively, his ongoing work in Hispanic theological education, and his doctoral study of commendations in Paul’s letters. Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul challenges church leaders to follow the “prime exemplars” of leadership in the NT by communicating primarily Third-Quest and social-scientiﬁc NT scholarship, in part carrying forward Richard Horsley’s work on the Roman Empire, Jesus, and Paul. Th e Introduction discusses leadership and Max Weber’s leadership typology (charismatic [Jesus]; traditional; legal; with Paul evincing a charismatic-traditional hybrid). Th e ﬁrst chapter sketches the social system of the Roman Empire, the matrix of the New Testament. Empire ﬁlls the book as the antagonist of Jesus and Paul and the reiﬁcation of sin and evil. Jewish elites, the “traditional Jewish leaders,” functioned as imperial allies and, with Rome, fostered a “climate of peasant
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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