Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire (The by Mark G. Brett

By Mark G. Brett

For hundreds of years, the Bible has been utilized by colonial powers to undergird their imperial designs--an ironic scenario while quite a bit of the Bible was once conceived in terms of resistance to empires. during this considerate ebook, Mark Brett attracts upon his adventure of the colonial historical past in Australia to spot a outstanding diversity of components the place God should be decolonized--freed from the bonds of the colonial. Writing in a context the place landmark criminal situations have governed that Indigenous (Aboriginal) rights were 'washed away by way of the tide of history', Brett re-examines land rights within the biblical traditions, Deuteronomy's genocidal mind's eye, and different key themes in either the Hebrew Bible and the hot testomony the place the results of colonialism might be traced. Drawing out the consequences for theology and ethics, this ebook offers a accomplished new notion for addressing the legacies of colonialism. A ground-breaking paintings of scholarship that makes an incredible intervention into post-colonial reports. This ebook confirms the relevance of post-colonial conception to biblical scholarship and gives an exhilarating and unique method of biblical interpretation. invoice Ashcroft, college of Hong Kong and college of recent South Wales; writer of The Empire Writes again: idea and perform in Post-Colonial Literatures (2002). Acutely delicate to the historic in addition to theological complexity of the Bible, Mark Brett's Decolonizing God brilliantly demonstrates the worth of a serious evaluate of the Bible as a device for rethinking modern chances. The contribution of this ebook to moral and theological discourse in a world point of view and to a politics of desire is massive. Tamara C. Eskenazi, Hebrew Union collage, l. a.; editor of The Torah: A Women's observation (2007).

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Dharmaraj, Colonialism and Christian Mission: Postcolonial Reflections (Delhi: ISPCK, 1993), p. S. Sugirtharajah, Asian Biblical Hermeneutics and Postcolonialism (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), pp. 86–98. 47. Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (London: Verso, 2nd edn, 1991), pp. 90–91. 1. The Bible and Colonization 23 predictable ruthlessness’. But when key figures in the 1820s began ‘to ascribe cultural meanings to the British domination, colonialism proper can be said to have begun’.

Clark, 1986), pp. 97–120. 2. Alienating Earth and the Curse of Empires 39 In speaking of the need to ‘subdue’ the earth, the first creation story perhaps reflects a tension between the primal utopia and a human fear of some other species. Yet as we have seen, the divine license to ‘subdue the earth’ is retracted already in primordial time, and the prophets later confirm that the restoration of a peaceable created order is not a task that humans can handle by themselves. Only God can restore such a comprehensive covenant.

Primordial time (as in the Dreaming of Aboriginal Australians2) is not just ordinary, 1. See especially Peter Harrison, ‘“Fill the Earth and Subdue It”: Biblical Warrants for Colonization in Seventeenth Century England’, Journal of Religious History 29/1 (2005), pp. 3–24. 2. H. ), Traditional Aboriginal Society (Melbourne: Macmillan, 2nd edn, 1998), pp. 239–51. 2. Alienating Earth and the Curse of Empires 33 historical time, since it bears directly on the shape of current experience. The narratives of Genesis 1–11 do not simply string together episodes that may be of antiquarian interest; they configure the human and non-human condition.

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