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What do we mean by contextual interpretation of Judges 19? A Chinese Christian perspective

Tsoi, Grace Kwan Sik (2019) What do we mean by contextual interpretation of Judges 19? A Chinese Christian perspective. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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This thesis proposes that a Chinese Christian contextual hermeneutics is an interplay between the reader’s context, the ancient biblical context and the translation context. Using Judges 19 as a test case, a reading from the Chinese Union Version is reconstructed in the early Republican China. This interpretation is anchored on the image of an unchaste concubine and implicitly puts the blame of the tragedy upon her. The narrative is then studied using tools developed for historical, narratological, intertextual and ideological criticism. The findings reveal an anti-Levite rhetoric that was neglected by the translators of the CUV, who were Western missionaries. I propose that an anti-concubinage agenda among the missionaries, combined with the pressure to gain acceptance among Chinese authorities, contributed towards the bias in the translation. The apparent legitimization of violence against women therefore represents a misinterpretation rendering from the translation.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Judges 19, Contextual Interpretation, ideological criticism, narrative criticism, intertextual criticism, concubinage in China, CUV translation
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: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 04:11
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 04:11
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3857

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