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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: 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
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
C - Systematic Theology
D - Ethics / Moral Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 03:32
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 01:21
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/793

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