Titel: The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters
Autor/en: R. S. Sugirtharajah
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
September 2004 - kartoniert - 320 Seiten
A comprehensive history of the Bible in the Third World.
Introduction; Part I. Precolonial Reception: 1. Before the empire; Part II. Colonial Embrace: 2. White men bearing gifts: diffusion of the Bible and scriptural imperialism; 3. Reading back: resistance as a discursive practice; 4. The colonialist as a contentious reader: Colenso and his hermeneutics; 5. Textual pedlars: distributing salvation - colporteurs and their portable Bibles; Part III. Postcolonial Reclamations: 6. Desperately looking for the indigene: nativism and vernacular hermeneutics; 7. Engaging liberation: texts as a vehicle of emancipation; 8. Postcolonialising biblical interpretation; Afterword; Bibliography; Index of biblical references; Index of names and subjects.
'The book under review is an exciting development, comprehensive historically, globally and in contemporary challenge. It brings together fascinating vignettes about how the Bible has been used in the Third World, and a critique of contemporary hermeneutics. It admirably introduces the Western reader to much that is new and challenging. Its breadth of examples will mean that there is much arresting material for a reader anywhere, whatever 'world' they are reading from ... The book is recommended to those committed to serious study of the Bible, world church history, and contemporary social and cultural theology. It will also intrigue the general reader with the world it opens up. I am glad it has been published immediately in paperback, so that it can reach such readers.' Theology 'This book should be read by anyone busy with interpreting the Bible in a Third World situation, as well as anyone interested in understanding the unique contribution that can be made to theological discussion by Third World theologians. ... he introduces this theological world in a worthy manner.' Verbum et Ecclesia Jrg 'This is clearly an important and provocative work of enormous relevance to the ecclesiastical historian and missiologist as well as to the biblical scholar ... a book to be welcomed and appreciated.' Biblical Interpretation 'As indicated in the title, this interesting study moves through three phases of the Third World's encounter with the Bible B precolonial, colonial and postcolonial ... This is a timely book on the diversified and diversifying reading and status of the Bible in the third world. Every South African biblical researcher should ascertain how the Bible is being read by fellow-Africans ... [the author's] book is a good place to start one's own journey into this fascinating subject. the book is well written and research was done diligently.' Old Testament Essays 'Sugirtharajah's book is a well-researched piece of work. It brings together, and to the fore, some of the voices that have been heard in isolation in different parts of the third world. It also highlights those readings that were formerly not seen as being sophisticated enough to be included in mainstream Biblical Studies ... to this extent his work is unique and very important. The author must also be given credit for the depth in which he has gone into the history of the church in some of the third world countries.' Neotestamentica 'This is a timely book on the diversified and diversifying reading and status of the Bible in the Third World ... the book is well written and research was done diligently.' Old Testament Essays 'In this latest publication, R. S. Sugirtharajah, award winning author and editor, calls readers once again to a different set of voices, those from the margins. In this intriguing exploration of the role and use of the Bible in the Third World, Sugirtharajah moves deftly through the story of this history from precolonial to colonial to postcolonial times ... In the world of academia so often filled with theoretical jargon, Sugirtharajah offers us a voice that must be heard. In a clear and engaging work bringing the voices of real people and real situations, he demonstrates that the relevance of postcolonial readings must be more than intellectual curiosity ...'. Perspectives in Religious Studies