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The Bible and Empire

R S Sugirtharajah

The Bible and Empire

R S Sugirtharajah

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At a time when there is a renewed interest in Empire, this volume explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise, and examines some overlooked aspects of this relationship. Topics include the unconventional retellings of the gospel story of Jesus by Thomas Jefferson and Raja Rammohun Roy, and the fate of biblical texts when marshalled by Victorian preachers after the Indian uprising of 1857. The innovative book features practical as well as theoretical insights, providing compelling evidence of the continuing importance of postcolonial discourse for biblical studies.

- Publisher At a time of renewed interest in Empire, this stimulating volume explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise, and examines some overlooked aspects of this relationship. These include unconventional retellings of the gospel story of Jesus by Thomas Jefferson and Raja Rammohun Roy; the fate of biblical texts when marshalled by Victorian preachers to strengthen British imperial intentions after the India uprising of 1857; the cultural-political use of the Christian Old Testament, first by the invaders to attack temple practices and rituals, then by the invaded to endorse the temple heritage scorned by missionaries; the dissident hermeneutics of James Long and William Colenso confronting and compromising with colonial ambitions; and finally the subtly seditious deployment of biblical citations in two colonial novels. This innovative book offers both practical and theoretical insights and provides compelling evidence of the continuing importance of postcolonial discourse for biblical studies.

- Publisher 'There is rich material here for both theologians and historians.' Theology

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About "The Bible and Empire"

At a time when there is a renewed interest in Empire, this volume explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise, and examines some overlooked aspects of this relationship. Topics include the unconventional retellings of the gospel story of Jesus by Thomas Jefferson and Raja Rammohun Roy, and the fate of biblical texts when marshalled by Victorian preachers after the Indian uprising of 1857. The innovative book features practical as well as theoretical insights, providing compelling evidence of the continuing importance of postcolonial discourse for biblical studies.
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At a time of renewed interest in Empire, this stimulating volume explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise, and examines some overlooked aspects of this relationship. These include unconventional retellings of the gospel story of Jesus by Thomas Jefferson and Raja Rammohun Roy; the fate of biblical texts when marshalled by Victorian preachers to strengthen British imperial intentions after the India uprising of 1857; the cultural-political use of the Christian Old Testament, first by the invaders to attack temple practices and rituals, then by the invaded to endorse the temple heritage scorned by missionaries; the dissident hermeneutics of James Long and William Colenso confronting and compromising with colonial ambitions; and finally the subtly seditious deployment of biblical citations in two colonial novels. This innovative book offers both practical and theoretical insights and provides compelling evidence of the continuing importance of postcolonial discourse for biblical studies.
- Publisher

'There is rich material here for both theologians and historians.' Theology
- Publisher

Meet the Author

R S Sugirtharajah

R. S. Sugirtharajah is Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics, University of Birmingham. UK. Recent publications include: The Bible and Empire: Postcolonial Explorations (Cambridge, 2005), Postcolonial Criticism and Biblical Interpretation (Oxford, 2002), Postcolonial Reconfigurations: An Alternative Way of Reading the Bible and Doing Theology (SCM Press, 2003).

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction; 1. Textually Conjoined Twins: Rammohun Roy And Thomas Jefferson And Their Bibles; 2. Salvos From The Victorian Pulpit: Conscription Of Texts By Victorian Preachers During The Indian Rebellion Of 1857; 3. Thorns In The Crown: The Subversive And Complicit Hermeneutics Of John Colenso Of Natal And James Long Of Bengal; 4. Texts And Testament: The Hebrew Scriptures In Colonial Context; 5. Imperial Fictions And Biblical Narratives: Entertainment And Exegesis In Colonial Novels; Afterword.

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  • Catalogue Code 235900
  • Product Code 0521531918
  • EAN 9780521531917
  • Pages 254
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Power/politics
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jun 2005
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 21 mm
  • Weight 0.410kg

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