Posted by: chuckbumgardner | November 28, 2014

N. T. Wright on Corn and Oil

An interesting point:

“I have frequently asked my students why Rome was especially interested in the Middle East. Few of them come up with (what seems to me) the right answer: that the capital needed a constant supply of corn; that one of the prime sources of corn was Egypt; and that anything which threatened that supply, such as disturbances in neighbouring countries, might result in serious difficulties at home. (It is the more surprising that this story does not come readily to mind, considering the obvious analogies with late-twentieth-century politics: substitute oil for corn, certain other countries for Rome on the one hand and Egypt on the other, and the equation still works.)”

N. T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992), 113.

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