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date: 25 October 2020

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This chapter analyzes postcolonial biblical criticism as it emerged out of liberation theology, empire studies, and postcolonial theory. It argues that this convergence of disparate theoretical and disciplinary genealogies is what gives postcolonial biblical studies its unique appearance. It then turns to the place of gender and sexuality in postcolonial readings of the New Testament, exploring ways in which such readings both rely on and critique feminist and queer hermeneutics. The chapter highlights some prominent examples and discusses future challenges for scholars engaged in this approach. An extended case study of the problem of anti-Judaism in postcolonial feminist biblical scholarship illustrates key methodological challenges but also new interpretive possibilities.

Keywords: liberation theology, empire studies, postcolonial theory, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, anti-Judaism, feminist biblical interpretation

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