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Postcolonial Interventions
Essays in Honor of R. S. Sugirtharajah
Edited by Tat-siong Benny Liew

This collection of essays, with contributions by many long-term colleagues and collaborators of R. S. Sugirtharajah, Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics in the University of Birmingham, is meant to review, evaluate, celebrate, and honour his many scholarly contributions. The title of the collection signifies that the volume focusses not only on how we read socio-political interventions, but also on how reading can itself be a form of intervention. This focus on reading and intervention is in many ways most fitting, as Professor Sugirtharajah’s biblical and theological hermeneutics have indeed been a significant force of intervention. His work has confronted and challenged many to see beyond a parochial mainstream, to perceive imperial and colonial dynamics in the Bible and in biblical studies, and to remain open to the transformative possibilities of reading from new sites as well as with new sights.

Tat-siong Benny Liew is Professor of New Testament at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

Series: Bible in the Modern World, 23
978-1-906055-70-7 hardback
Publication September 2009

Contents
Tat-siong Benny Liew, Introduction: Intervening on the Postcolonial

PART I: INTERPRETIVE INTERVENTIONS
Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan and Mai-Anh Le Tran, Reading Race Reading Rahab: A “Broad” Asian American Reading of a “Broad” Other
Dora Rudo Mbuwayesang, Canaanite Women and Israelite Women in Deuteronomy: The Intersection of Sexism and Imperialism
Sathianathan Clarke and Sharon H. Ringe, Inter-location as Textual Trans-version: A Study in John 4:1-42
Stephen D. Moore, Metonymies of Empire: Sexual Humiliation and Gender Masquerade in the Book of Revelation
Hemchand Gossa, Challenging the Empire: The Conscience of the Prophet and Prophetic Dissent: A Postcolonial Perspective
Roland Boer, Resistance versus Accommodation: What to Do with Romans 13?
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Slave Wo/men and Freedom: Some Methodological Reflections
Eleazar S. Fernandez, Diaspora, Babel, Pentecost, and the Strangers in our Midst: Birthing a Church of Radical Hospitality
Vincent L. Wimbush, Scriptures for Strangers: The Making of an African-ized Bible
J. Jayakiran Sebastian, On Walking through the Cemetery: Continuity and Transformation in Reading Death in an Indian-Christian Community
Jeffrey L. Staley, “Come over and help us”: A Postcolonial Reading of Biblical Imagery in the WHMS Oriental Home National Fundraising Tour, 1908–1909

PART II: EVALUATIVE INTERVENTIONS
Fernando F. Segovia, Tracing Sugirtharajah’s Voice from the Margin: From Liberation to Postcolonialism
Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Teaching Sugirtharajah: A Field Report from Los Angeles
Gerald O. West, What Difference Does Postcolonial Biblical Criticism Make? Reflections from a (South) African Perspective
Jeremy Punt, Postcolonial Theory as Academic Double Agent? Power, Ideology and Postcolonial Biblical Hermeneutics in South Africa
Ralph Broadbent, One Step Beyond or One Step Too Far? Towards a Postcolonial Future for European Biblical and Theological Scholarship

PART III: EMERGENT INTERVENTIONS
Peter C. Phan, Can We Read Religious Texts Interreligiously? Possibilities, Challenges, and Experiments
Elaine M. Wainwright, Land of the Kauri and the Long White Cloud: Beginning to Read Matthew 1–2 Ecologically
Mayra Rivera, Elemental Bonds: Scene for an Earthy Postcolonial Theology