The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters / Edition 1

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"This study moves briskly but comprehensively through three phases of the Third World's encounter with the Bible - precolonial, colonial and postcolonial. It recounts the remarkable story of how an inaccessible and marginal book in the ancient Churches of India, China and North Africa became an important tool in the hands of both colonizer and colonized; how it has been reclaimed and interrogated in the postcolonial world; and how it is now being reread by various indigenes, Native Americans, dalits and women." Drawing on substantial exegetical examples, Sugirtharajah examines reading practices ranging from the vernacular to liberation and the newly emerging postcolonial criticism. His study emphasizes the often overlooked biblical reflections of people such as Equiano and Ramabai as well as better-known contemporaries like Gutierrez and Tamez. Partly historical and partly hermeneutical, the volume will provide invaluable insights into the Bible in the Third World for students and interested general readers.
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"The author's explanation of the actual ways of interpreting make this a book of both history and hermeneutics. It will be appreciated by those interested in cultural studies as well as biblical interpretation."
-The Bible Today

"The author, reader in biblical hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham, presents us with a solid historical journey adorned along the way with rich personal vignettes."
-Eugene Rubingh, International Bulletin of Missionary Research

"[Sugitharajah's] book opens up a new landscape and raises a host of new questions for those resting all too comfortably in their certitudes and traditional 'biblical truths'[...]No one serious about wrestling with the Bible should fail to read this very important book."
-The Christian Century

"[...]innovative work[...]with surprises on every page[...]It encourages us to study the experiences of the exploited and the exploiter together."
-The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"Bible and the Third World may be one of Sugitharajah's most extensive yet also accessible works to date[...]The explicit linkage of theory, narrative history, and demonstrated exegesis ground all arguments with specific examples and increases pedagogic value. The result is a highly useful text[...]Sugitharajah's cogency and precision in Bible and the Third World makes this volume uniquely approachable."
-Robert Paul Seesengood, Drew University, Monash University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521005241
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Precolonial Reception
1 Before the empire: the Bible as a marginal and a minority text 13
Pt. II Colonial Embrace
2 White men bearing gifts: diffusion of the Bible and scriptural imperialism 45
3 Reading back: resistance as a discursive practice 74
4 The colonialist as a contentious reader: Colenso and his hermeneutics 110
5 Textual pedlars: distributing salvation - colporteurs and their portable Bibles 140
Pt. III Postcolonial Reclamations
6 Desperately seeking the indigene: nativism and vernacular hermeneutics 175
7 Engaging liberation: texts as a vehicle of emancipation 203
8 Postcolonializing biblical interpretation 244
Afterword 276
Select bibliography 283
Index of biblical references 298
Index of names and subjects 300
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