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Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire
Mark G. Brett

ISBN 9781906055370
Status Available
Price: $80.00
Binding Hardback
Publication Date September 2008
Pages 237
   

For centuries, the Bible has been used by colonial powers to undergird their imperial designs—an ironic situation when so much of the Bible was conceived by way of resistance to empires. In this thoughtful book, Mark Brett draws upon his experience of the colonial heritage in Australia to identify a remarkable range of areas where God needs to be decolonized—freed from the bonds of the colonial. Writing in a context where landmark legal cases have ruled that Indigenous (Aboriginal) rights have been “washed away by the tide of history,” Brett reexamines land rights in the biblical traditions, Deuteronomy's genocidal imagination, and other key topics in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament where the effects of colonialism can be traced. Drawing out the implications for theology and ethics, this book provides a comprehensive new proposal for addressing the legacies of colonialism.

Mark Brett is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Whitley College, University of Melbourne, and Policy Officer at Native Title Services Victoria.

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