The Power Of The Word

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What is the purpose of reading the Bible? Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza tackles the tough question of the Bible's role in the world today and how its vision can further a more just world. She shows particularly the radical power of the Word to challenge imperial ways, the humiliation of persons, and the use of religion itself to keep people down, today as then. Finally, she offers an understanding of the implications of such a program for the field and practice of biblical studies, an indispensable partner in challenging the status quo.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800638344
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,577,006
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
The Rhetoric of Empire: Introduction     1
Empire Studies as a New Field in Biblical Studies     2
A Radical Democratic Ethos     7
A Critical Political Feminist Hermeneutics     16
Situating the Argument of This Book     22
The Power of Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire     35
Empire as the Context of Scripture Today     36
Reshaping Biblical The*logicaI Studies     49
Empire and Ekklesia     69
A Radical Democratic Imagination: The Ekklesia of Wo/men     70
Debating Paul in the Ekklesia of Wo/men     82
Toward a Critical Feminist Decolonizing     111
Interpretation Postcolonial Criticism and Feminist Criticism     113
A Decolonizing Interpretation of the Book of Revelation     130
Empire and the Rhetoric of Subordination     149
The Ethos of Kyriarchy: Intersecting Discourses of Domination     151
A Detoxifying/Decolonizing Reading of 1 Peter     162
The Rhetoric of Empire and G*d-Talk: Decolonizing the Divine     195
Feminist Critique of Androcentric G*d Language     199
Kyriocentric G*d Language: The Language of Empire     207
Transforming Biblical Studies     239
The Discipline of Biblical Studies     241
Transforming Biblical Studies     250
Selected Bibliography     267
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