By Mark G. Brett

For hundreds of years, the Bible has been utilized by colonial powers to undergird their imperial designs--an ironic state of affairs whilst loads of the Bible was once conceived in terms of resistance to empires. during this considerate e-book, Mark Brett attracts upon his event of the colonial history in Australia to spot a impressive variety of components the place God has to be decolonized--freed from the bonds of the colonial. Writing in a context the place landmark felony instances have governed that Indigenous (Aboriginal) rights were 'washed away by means of the tide of history', Brett re-examines land rights within the biblical traditions, Deuteronomy's genocidal mind's eye, and different key subject matters in either the Hebrew Bible and the recent testomony the place the results of colonialism might be traced. Drawing out the consequences for theology and ethics, this publication presents a complete new notion for addressing the legacies of colonialism. A ground-breaking paintings of scholarship that makes a huge intervention into post-colonial reports. This publication confirms the relevance of post-colonial thought to biblical scholarship and gives a thrilling and unique method of biblical interpretation. invoice Ashcroft, collage of Hong Kong and college of latest South Wales; writer of The Empire Writes again: conception and perform in Post-Colonial Literatures (2002). Acutely delicate to the old in addition to theological complexity of the Bible, Mark Brett's Decolonizing God brilliantly demonstrates the price of a severe overview of the Bible as a device for rethinking modern percentages. The contribution of this ebook to moral and theological discourse in an international viewpoint and to a politics of wish is substantial. Tamara C. Eskenazi, Hebrew Union collage, l. a.; editor of The Torah: A Women's statement (2007).

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1. The Bible and Colonization 21 But Livingstone was also able to see certain problems with the doctrine of cultivation, since if it were consistently applied, ‘it would strip Earl Grey of his broad acres around Alnwick Castle’ and other English landlords of their deerparks. Instead of recommending a revolution in England, he argued that there are certain ‘ancestral rights’ which imply that land can be held ‘untilled’, and ‘we must admit that the claims of even savages must be held sacred. 43 Thus one could say, even on the grounds of this very English reasoning, that the Indigenous people of the colonies held their land by ancestral rights well known in the House of Lords.

For example, the vernacular Yoruba Bible in Western Nigeria provided a common written language that transcended the varieties of spoken dialects to help form a single people. 55 The Bible has had a significant role to play, then, not only in the formation of early European Protestant nationalisms, but also in the nationalist struggles of the twentieth century. In the 1920s, translation of the Sermon on the Mount into the Gikuyu language had started to foment social struggles in Kenya. 4— ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’—became an argument that the ahoreri (‘meek’, the ‘quiet’ ones without land and livestock) would gaya the earth (‘divide’, ‘inherit’).

In his 1870 Slade Lectures in Oxford, Ruskin delivered a Romantic hymn to the pure England that he could perceive through the smog—the ‘unholy clouds’—of her industrialized cities: And this is what she must do, or perish: she must found colonies as fast and as far as she is able…seizing every piece of fruitful waste ground she can set her foot, and there teaching these her colonists that their chief virtue is to be fidelity to their country, and that their first aim is to be to advance the power of England by land and sea: and that, though they live off a distant plot of ground, they are no more to consider themselves therefore disenfranchised from their native land, than the sailors of their fleets do…and England, in these her motionless navies (or, in the true and mightiest sense, motionless churches, ruled by pilots on the Galilean lake of all the world), is to ‘expect every man to do his duty’… But that they may be able to do this, she must make her own majesty stainless; she must give them thoughts of their home of which they can be proud.

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