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Reading the Bible in an Age of Crisis: Political Exegesis for a New Day

Author: 
Bruce Worthington (Editor)
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Description

We live in an age in which economic, ecological, and political crises are not the exception, but the rule. The Cold War polarities that shaped an earlier “political exegesis” have been replaced; increasingly, crisis is the engine of a global “turbo-capitalism.”

Here, biblical scholars and activists describe and exemplify the shape of a biblical interpretation that takes contemporary crisis seriously. Succinct opening essays summarize the salient aspects of our critical situation; in later parts, contributions address themes of economic, political, and environmental crisis in dialogue with biblical texts.

ISBN: 
9781451482867
Price: 
$49.00
Release date: 
August 1, 2015
Pages: 
363
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

“As a deep structural crisis endangers more of humanity and the planet than at any other time in history, the question is not whether but how the work of political exegesis needs to be done. This book offers a welcome wealth of insights, providing deeper understandings of the crises produced by the hegemony of capital over life as a whole, which includes the personal as well as the political. The result is not lament or hand-wringing but fresh and inspiring encounters with the transformative powers of the Bible.”
—Joerg Rieger
Perkins School of Theology, SMU

"Reading the Bible in an Age of Crisis is part of a developing ideological self-awareness in biblical studies. Its particular strength is that it locates its subversion in the context of postmodern capitalism, or neoliberalism, and avoids the banality of the oft-cited cliché 'we all have presuppositions!' This provocative collection will be required reading for anyone interested in ideology and biblical studies and politically radical interpretations."
—James Crossley
Sheffield University