Resourcing Progressive Christians

Eclipsing Empire


Purchase of Eclipsing Empire Curriculum Edition includes a one-year renewable license to use the downloadable/printable participant reader and facilitator guide.

Join preeminent New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul’s footsteps throughout the Roman Empire. This 12-session DVD and web-based study explores fresh insights into Paul’s message of the Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman imperial theology, and the apostle’s radical relevance for today.



Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome, and the Kingdom of God

Participant Guide written by John Dominic Crossan. Filmed in High-Definition across Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

Purchase of Eclipsing Empire includes a one-year license to use the downloadable participant and leader guides. At the end of the first year, the license to use the written materials can be renewed annually for $50.00. Please see policy page for additional information. This DVD program is not closed captioned.


John Dominic Crossan

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at De Paul University, John Dominic Crossan is generally acknowledged to be the premier historical Jesus scholar in the world. He has written twenty books including Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, Who Killed Jesus? and The Birth of Christianity. A Roman Catholic monk for nineteen years and a priest for twelve years, Crossan is a former co-chair of The Jesus Seminar and chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Marcus Borg

(1942–2015) was among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity. He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions. His work has been translated into eleven languages. The Marcus J. Borg Foundation is a repository of his work and the continuing conversation he so deeply engaged.


Eclipsing Empire includes downloadable and printable leader and participant guides with weekly readings and discussion questions.* Each session may be conducted in one hour or expanded to include a meal and personal sharing. Each 20-minute video segment features a brief travelogue on a location significant for the study of Paul. The flexible DVD and resource materials can be used in variety of class, retreat, and other formats. The themes for the twelve sessions are:

  1. Empire
  2. Jesus
  3. Paul’s Mission
  4. Paul’s Character
  5. Paul’s Vocation
  6. Cities
  7. Paul’s Letters
  8. Paul’s Ethics
  9. Paul’s Theology
  10. Paul’s Eschatology
  11. Icons
  12. Eclipse

*As indicated in the program description, purchase of Eclipsing Empire includes a one-year license to use the downloadable participant and leader guides. At the end of the first year, the license to use the written materials can be renewed annually for $50.00.


Just a minute to say thank you for your excellent work and to say Bless all of you for what you have created. Our group is currently doing LTQ2 and Eclipsing Empire in two separate group meetings. Most of us are already familiar with many of the contributors, predominately Borg, Crossan and Spong and I have now started collecting books from several other contributors. I continually hope that this work has the changing effect on all users as it has had on me. In those great words of Dr. King, “Free at last.” Thank you again.

– Charles Rickabaugh, Cathedral of the Air in Lakehurst, New Jersey

We just finished Dom Crossan’s Eclipsing Empire Series Sunday night here -first ones in Connecticut to get it, and it was fabulous. This was our third year of using LtQ material for adult education, and people can’t get enough of it. We have large crowds, people from the Congregational church next door, and folks now coming from other churches, or who attend no church at all. I’ve waited thirty years for this kind of material to come out, and I can’t thank you enough for presenting and distributing it.

– Rev. Jeffrey S. Dugan, St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington, CT