Scripture and Resistance

Scripture and Resistance

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Resistance against unjust (wicked) cultures and imperial powers is at the heart of scripture. In many cases, the resistance is waged against external systems or the misappropriation of scriptural texts and traditions. In some cases, however, scripture resists oppressive cultures and powers that it also requires, certifies and protects. At other times, and in different settings, the minders of scripture speak against the abusive cultures and power systems that they inherited and whose benefits they milk.

Scripture and Resistance contains reflections by authors from East and West, South and North, on resistance and the Christian scriptures around a rainbow of concerns: the colonial legacies of the Bible; the people (esp. native and indigenous people) who were subjugated and minoritized for the sake of the Bible; the courage for resistance among ordinary and normal people, and the opportunities that arise from their realities and struggles; the imperializing tendencies that lurk behind so-called traditional biblical scholarship; the strategies of and energies in post- and de-colonial criticisms; the Bible as a profitable product, and a site of struggle; and the multiple views or perspectives in the Bible about empire and resistance. In other words, the contributors, as a collective, affirm that the Bible contains (pun intended) resistance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 159 x 230 x 20mm | 526g
  • Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
  • Lanham, United States
  • English
  • 2 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1978703570
  • 9781978703575
  • 3,509,849

Table of contents

Collin Cowan

1. Negotiating, with Scripture and Resistance
Jione Havea

2. Ephphatha! DARE to be Opened! Scripture, its Civil War and Shakenness
Graham J. Adams
3. The People against the Empire: Biblical Understandings
Nestor Miguez
4. The Text Collectors: White Dutch Biblical Appropriation
Janneke Stegeman
5. Gemma Augustea, Imperial Paradox, and the Matthean Resistance
Raj Nadella
6. Cornelius the Centurion meets the Ethiopian Eunuch, in a Jeepney
Revelation Enriques Velunta
7. The Oppressor has Ceased
Rogelio Dario Barolin

8. A Decolonial Reading of Ephesians: For Resisting the Postcolonial Empire
Jin Young Choi
9. Using the Bible to Resist Empire in the Caribbean's Jamaica
Stephen C.A. Jennings
10. "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": A Call to Resist and Transform Economic Empire
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
11. The Bible: Globalized Commodity in the New Strategies of Neocolonialism
Nancy Cardoso Pereira
12. Scripture as a Site of Struggle: Literary and Socio-historical Resources for Prophetic Theology in Post-colonial, Post-apartheid (Neo-colonial?) South Africa
Gerald O. West
13. Views, Voices, and Choices: Reading Readers of Luke-Acts and Empire
Tat-siong Benny Liew
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Review quote

In a collection of engaging and provocative essays, authors from diverse locations from the Global South explore the different ways of rereading and resisting the biblical text written under the umbrella of empire. -- Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies emerita, Episcopal Divinity School Scripture and Resistance continues the paradigm shift in the self-understanding of Biblical Studies by bringing to bear the theoretical perspectives of the margins on the hegemonic center. An international group of scholars explores the Bible as a site of struggle in these Neo-liberal times. I highly recommend this excellent work! -- Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor, Harvard Divinity School In this provocative collection of essays, interpreters of diverse backgrounds and perspectives explore how the Bible has been used mainly to support- but sometimes to subvert- empire. Although voices of resistance were submerged in biblical texts, many of those texts portray a continuing struggle between people and imperial subjugation and exploitation. But Bible-bearing colonialists, with the collusion of established biblical studies, claimed authority to invade people's lives and to expropriate their lands. These essays call for a more honest acknowledgment of the Bible's (and biblical studies') historic and contemporary role in empire, and a more candid reading of the ambiguity, at best, of scriptural texts. -- Richard A. Horsley, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion, University of Massachusetts Boston (emeritus) While the biblical scriptures have so often been marshalled to justify forms of dispossession, colonialism, and imperialism, these same scriptures continue to provide the inspiration for resistance to, if not the overthrow of, such oppression. The insights expertly gathered in Scripture and Resistance, from many parts of the globe that have experienced colonial dispossession in the not too distant past, indicate clearly that the Bible is not always a solace to the peddlers of empire. -- Roland Boer, University of Newcastle Scripture and Resistance is a very fine collection of essays, not least on account of the impressive international line-up of scholars associated with it. And with the consistent focus of the essays on this world (not the otherworldly) and on our fraught time (not text-constructed ancient-world moments) and the varied forms of violence, conflicts, and creative engagements appertaining thereto, the collection is compelling and sorely needed as part of critical discourse and politics. -- Vincent L. Wimbush, director, Institute for Signifying Scriptures Scripture and Resistance-the second title from Lexington Books' Theology in the Age of Empire series-brings together yet another collection of radical engagements with, and resistance to, empire from internationally acclaimed authors. Whereas in the first volume, Religion and Power, contributors attempted to discern and disturb the collaboration of religion and empire, Jione Havea, in this volume, has again masterfully woven together several strands of global voices that seek not only to reread scripture as a site of struggle, but also to resist any scriptural traces of, and textual alliance with, empire. The works in this volume are both challenging and prophetic, and it is highly recommended for resistant and discerning readers in academic, ecclesial, and public settings alike. -- Nasili Vaka`uta, Trinity Methodist Theological College
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About Collin Cowan

Jione Havea is research fellow at Trinity Theological College and the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre of Charles Sturt University.
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