Part I: Theoretical Practices.
Introduction: Theoretical Practices. (R. S. Sugirtharajah).
1. Charting the Aftermath: A Review of Postcolonial Criticism. (R. S. Sugirtharajah).
2. Biblical Criticism and Postcolonial Studies: Toward a Postcolonial Optic. (Fernando F.Segovia).
3. Making the Connections: Postcolonial Studies and Feminist Biblical Interpretation. (Kwok Pui-lan).
Part II: Empires Old and New.
Introduction: Empires Old and New.
4. Renewal Movements and Resistance to Empire in Ancient Judea. (Richard Horsley).
5. Postcolonialism and Imperial Motives for Canonization. (Jon L Berquist).
6. Roman Imperialism and Early Christian Scribality. (Werner H Kelber).
7. Desiring War: Apocalypse, Commodity Fetish, and the End of History. (Erin Runions).
Part III: Empire and Exegesis.
8. The Implications of the Text of Esther for African Women's Struggle for Liberation in South Africa. (Itumeleng J. Mosala).
9. Rahab says Hello to Judith: A Decolonizing Feminist Reading. (Musa Dube).
10. The Sign of Orpah: Reading Ruth through Native Eyes. (Laura Donaldson).
11. On Naming the Subject: Postcolonial Reading of Daniel 1. (Philip Chia).
12. Decolonizing Yahweh: A Postcolonial Reading of 2 Kings 24-25. (Kari Latvus).
13. Mark and Empire: “Zealot” and “Postcolonial Readings”. (Stephen D. Moore).
14. Tyranny, Boundary and Might: Colonial Mimicry in Mark’s Gospel. (Tat-siong Benny Liew).
15. Mori “Jews” and Resistant Reading of John 5.10-47. (Mary Huie-Jolly).
16. God at the Crossroads: A Postcolonial Reading of Sophia. (Mayra Rivera).
Part IV: Postcolonial Concerns.
17. How Local Divine Powers were Suppressed: A Case of Mwari of Shona. Dora R. Mbuwayesnago.
18. Cutchery Tamil versus Pure Tamil: Contesting Language use in the Translated Bible in early Nineteenth-Century Protestant Tamil Community. (Hephzibah Israel).
19. Canonization and Marginalization. Mary of Magdala. Karen L. King.
20. Exodus toward Egypt: Filipino Americans' Struggle to Realize the Promised Land in America. Eleazar S. Fernandez.
Index of Biblical References.
Index of Names and Subjects.
- This wide-ranging Readerprovides an extensive survey of the interaction between postcolonial criticism and biblical studies.
- Examines how various empires such as the Persian and Roman affected biblical narratives.
- Demonstrates how different biblical writers such as Paul, Matthew and Mark handled the challenges of empire.
- Includes examples of the practical application of postcolonial criticism to biblical texts.
- Considers contemporary issues such as diaspora, race, representation and territory.
- Editorial commentary draws out the key points to be made and creates a coherent narrative.