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Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: History, Method, Practice

Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: History, Method, Practice

R. S. Sugirtharajah

ISBN: 978-1-444-39665-2 April 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: History, Method, Practice offers a concise and multifaceted overview of the origins, development, and application of postcolonial criticism to biblical studies.?
  • Offers a concise and accessible introduction to postcolonial biblical studies
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of postcolonial studies by one of the field's most prominent figures
  • Explains one of the most innovative and important developments in modern biblical studies
  • Accessible enough to appeal to general readers interested in religion


1 Postcolonialism: Hermeneutical Journey through a Contentious Discourse.

2 The Late Arrival of the "Post": Postcolonialism and Biblical Studies.

3 Postcolonial Biblical Studies in Action: Origins and Trajectories (Ralph Broadbent).

4 Enduring Orientalism: Biblical Studies and the Repackaging of Colonial Practice.

5 Postcolonial Moments: Decentering of the Bible and Christianity.

6 The Empire Exegetes Back: Postcolonial Reading Practices.

7 Afterword: Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: The Unfinished Journey.


Index of Scriptural References.

Index of Names and Subjects.

“This book is brilliantly presented with appropriate biblical texts and hermeneutical insights.”  (Theology, 1 May 2012)

"The book is written by the foremost scholar in this discipline, with an added chapter by, presumably, one of his students to reinforce the point." (Church Times, 21 October 2011)