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The Bible and Empire


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Introduction; 1. Textually conjoined twins: Rammohun Roy and Thomas Jefferson and their Bibles; 2. Salvos from the Victorian pulpit: conscription of texts by Victorian preachers during the Indian rebellion of 1857; 3. Thorns in the crown: the subversive and complicit hermeneutics of John Colenso of Natal and James Long of Bengal; 4. Texts and testament: the Hebrew Scriptures in colonial context; 5. Imperial fictions and biblical narratives: entertainment and exegesis in colonial novels; Afterword.

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Sugirtharajah explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise.

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R. S. Sugirtharajah is Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham. His publications include Postcolonial Criticism and Biblical Interpretation (2002) and The Bible and the Third World (2001).


'R. S. Sugirtharajah, who is Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham, has brought together interesting essays on the relationship between the Bible and the colonial experience. He is strategically adept in his reading, offering in-depth comparisons between four pairs of figures.' Church Times '... I recommend this book to those who seek examples of what it might look like to analyze readings of the Bible in ways that attend to the imperial, colonial, and postcolonial contexts in which they have been produced.' Reviews in Religion and Theology 'There is rich material here for both theologians and historians.' Theology

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