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date: 06 March 2021

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This article aims to explore the possible relations or links between postcolonial and queer biblical criticisms by trying to understand wherein such links may be situated and also how queer theory/theories function in postcolonial biblical criticism. Discursive alignments at the epistemological level as well as shared thematic and methodological interests illustrate the value of investigating postcolonial queer intersections. After investigating a number of primary research foci in postcolonial, queer studies, queer(y)ing contributions are identified as related to identity negotiation and retrieval hermeneutics; issues of power and intersectionality; denaturalization; and the problematic position of the Bible and associated Christian religions. Future queer expectations are characterized by tensions; relate to categories of bodily identity; look beyond the engagement with societal structures; engage knowledge systems and their use in the identification and exercise of powers; and, investigate the ambivalence of social life in which all participate.

Keywords: Othering, power, hierarchy, empire, heteronormativity, queering/queerying, identity, marginality, intersectionality, denaturalization

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