Reading Ruth in the Pacific
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The Ruth narrative opens with a climate crisis – a famine pushed a family to migrate – and addresses some of the critical concerns for refugees: food, security, home, land, inheritance. Around those concerns, Losing Ground: Reading Ruth in the Pacific offers a collection of bible studies from the Pacific that interweave the climate pandemic with the interests and wisdoms of Pasifika natives.
Weaving Ruth's story together with the stories of those who, as Pacific islanders on the frontline of a climate catastrophe, are forced to leave their homes because of rising sea levels, Pasifika bible scholar Jione Havea offers a powerful and potent contribution which refuses to pretend scripture can be read separately from the every day realities of a climate emergency.
"Prepare to be challenged as well as invigorated by reading the book of Ruth through the eyes of Pasifika Bible Studies gatherings, as they break open the text from their unique contexts of colonization and ecological crisis and trauma!" -- Gale A. Yee, Episcopal Divinity School, USA
"In Losing Ground, Jione Havea actually gains ground in studies of Ruth, opening the book’s terrains to ongoing talanoa - storytelling, conversation, and questions the narrator refuses to answer. Culturally grounded on disappearing ground, these interpretive wonderings and wanderings discover the invisible people, the silenced stories, and the unspoken relations that escape the text’s boundaries and fly free in a world fighting for its life. Havea and his conversation partners offer a compelling model of how to “think with” the Bible about the most pressing issues of our day." -- Danna Nolan Fewell, Drew University, USA
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