The Postcolonial Biblical Reader

The Postcolonial Biblical Reader

Editor(s): R. S. Sugirtharajah

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405133494

Online ISBN: 9780470775080

DOI: 10.1002/9780470775080

About this Book

This wide-ranging Reader provides a comprehensive survey of the interaction between postcolonial criticism and biblical studies.


  • Examines how various empires such as the Persian and Roman affected biblical narratives.
  • Demonstrates how different biblical writers such as Paul, Matthew and Mark handled the challenges of empire.
  • Includes examples of the practical application of postcolonial criticism to biblical texts.
  • Considers contemporary issues such as diaspora, race, representation and territory.
  • Editorial commentary draws out the key points to be made and creates a coherent narrative.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Theoretical Practices

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  2. Part II: Empires Old and New

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  3. Part III: Empire and Exegesis

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  4. Part IV: Postcolonial Concerns

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