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Decolonizing God - The Bible in the Tides of Empire

Brett, Mark G. (2008) Decolonizing God - The Bible in the Tides of Empire. Sheffield Phoenix Press. 237pp. ISBN 978-1-906055-37-0

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Abstract

For centuries, the Bible has been used by colonial powers to undergird their imperial designs--an ironic situation when so much of the Bible was conceived by way of resistance to empires. In this thoughtful book, Mark Brett draws upon his experience of the colonial heritage in Australia to identify a remarkable range of areas where God needs to be decolonized--freed from the bonds of the colonial.

Writing in a context where landmark legal cases have ruled that Indigenous (Aboriginal) rights have been 'washed away by the tide of history', Brett re-examines land rights in the biblical traditions, Deuteronomy's genocidal imagination, and other key topics in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament where the effects of colonialism can be traced. Drawing out the implications for theology and ethics, this book provides a comprehensive new proposal for addressing the legacies of colonialism.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Old Testament, colonialism, empire, ethics, indigenous rights
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
B - Old Testament
B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 00:07
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2012 22:11
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/351

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