Asian Biblical Hermeneutics and Postcolonialism: Contesting the Interpretations

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A&C Black, Feb 1, 1999 - Religion - 148 pages
The volume contributes a postcolonial perspective to such topics as textual production, commentarial writings and translations in colonial times, and then moves on to inspect Eurocentric notions embedded in current western biblical interpretation especially in projects such as "Jesus Research." It also contains an overview of and introduction to one of the most challenging and controversial theories of our time, postcolonialism--a theory that gives mediation and representation to Third World people. Though long established in cultural studies, postcolonial theory has not previously been seriously applied to Asian biblical interpretation.
 

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The volume contributes a post colonial perspective to such topics as textual production, commentary writings and translations in colonial times, and then moves on to inspect Eurocentric notions embedded in current western biblical interpretation especially in projects such as "Jesus Research." It also contains an overview of and introduction to one of the most challenging and controversial theories of our time, post colonialism--a theory that gives mediation and representation to Third World people. Though long established in cultural studies, post colonial theory has not previously been seriously applied to Asian biblical interpretation. 

Contents

The Brahmin
29
Christian Discourse
54
From a Colonial to a Postcolonial
86
Toward a Postcolonial Translation Strategy
92
Part II
99
Jesus in Saffron Robes? The Other Jesus Whom
112
Works Cited
119
Index
143
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R. S. Sugirtharajah is Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics, University of Birmingham. Recent publications include: The Bible and Empire: Postcolonial Explorations (Cambridge, 2005), Postcolonial Criticism and Bibical Interpretation (Oxford, 2002), Postcolonial Reconfigurations: An alternative way of reading the Bible and doing Theology, SCM Press, London, 2003.

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