The Bible and Empire

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The Bible and Empire

By R. S. Sugirtharajah

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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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Religion -> Bibles

The Bible and Empire
Postcolonial Explorations
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 6/16/05
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511123809
ISBN 13: 9780511123801
Print ISBN: 9780521824934

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