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Feeling for Country: Interpreting the Old Testament in the Australian Context

Brett, Mark G. (2010) Feeling for Country: Interpreting the Old Testament in the Australian Context. Pacifica, 23 (2). pp. 137-156. ISSN 1030-570X

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    Abstract

    The secularized use of biblical imagery in Australian history provokes significant questions for theological hermeneutics, not least in cases where the Bible has been used against Indigenous interests. This paper analyses: (1) doctrines of discovery derived from Genesis; (2) the “peaceable kingdom” vision arising from Isaiah 11 and its historic connection with ideas of treaty making; (3) exodus narratives and the human rights tradition; and (4) the theme of exile. With a sufficiently comprehensive understanding of the task of biblical hermeneutics, the Bible can be read afresh as a challenge to the Christian churches to support Aboriginal rights and to re-engage with prophetic contributions to our national conversation.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Genesis, treaty, Aboriginal rights, theological hermeneutics, exodus
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Pastoral Studies
    C - Systematic Theology
    D - Ethics / Moral Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 14:32
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 12:21
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/793

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