Ethnicity and the Bible

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Mark G. Brett
BRILL, 1996 - 509 pages
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Contemporary social theory has been much concerned with the re-assertion of ethnic identities in both Western and non-Western politics. This international collection of twenty-one essays contributes to the wider conversation by examining the construction and contestation of ethnic identities both within the Bible itself and in biblical interpretation. An introductory essay brings into focus the main themes of the book - ethnocentrism, indigenity, concepts of culture and the politics of identity - and highlights the ethical issues arising. Part One explores selected texts from the Hebrew Bible and from the New Testament, making use of methodological perspectives drawn from a range of disciplines. Part Two, "Culture and Interpretation," looks at examples of how ethnicity figures both in the popular use of the Bible and in professional biblical interpretation. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.
 

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Contents

MARK G BRETT
3
DIANA EDELMAN
14
Ethnicity and Early Israel
25
FRANK CRÜSEMANN
57
ROLF RENDTORFF
77
JONATHAN E DYCK
89
SMITHCHRISTOPHER
117
LEVENSON
143
Indigenous Peoples
297
SUSAN HAWLEY
315
THANZAUVA AND R L HNUNI
343
LYNNE HUME
359
The Politics of Interpretation
381
R S SUGIRTHARAJAH
419
JOHN RICHES
431
PIETER F CRAFFERT
449

New Testament
171
G BARCLAY
197
PHILIP F ESLER
215
Social Contempt and
241
WOLFGANG STEGEMANN
271

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Mark G. Brett, Ph.D. (1988), University of Sheffield, is Professor of Old Testament at Whitley College, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is co-editor of the journal "Biblical Interpretation" (Brill), and author of "Biblical Criticism in Crisis?" (Cambridge, 1991).

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