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Empire and Exile

Postcolonial Readings of the Book of Jeremiah

Empire and Exile

Postcolonial Readings of the Book of Jeremiah

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567655264
Number of Pages: 240
Published: 23/05/2013
Empire and Exile explores the impact of Babylonian aggression upon the book of Jeremiah by calling attention to the presence of the empire and showing how the book of Jeremiah can be read as resistant responses to the inevitability of imperial power and the experience of exile. With the insight of postcolonial theory, resistance is framed in these readings as finding a place in the world even though not controlling territory and therefore surviving social death. It argues that even though exile is not prevented, exile is experienced in the constituting of a unique place in the world rather than in the assimilation of the nation. The insights of postcolonial theory direct this reading of the book of Jeremiah from the perspective of the displaced. Theorists Homi Bhabha, Partha Chatterjee, Stuart Hall, and bell hooks provide lenses to read issues peculiar to groups affected by dominant powers such as empires. The use of these theories helps highlight issues such as marginality, hybridity, national identity as formative tools in resistance to empire and survival in exile.

Dr. Steed Vernyl Davidson (McCormick Theological Seminary, USA)

Steed Davidson received his Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York. He is an Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley California. His teaching centers on prophetic books, paying attention to ancient empires and responses to empires in the formation of texts.

Empire and Exile offers a lucid analysis of ways in which the book of Jeremiah reveals ancient Judean strategies for cultural survival during the period of Babylonian domination. Deftly deploying insights of Frantz Fanon, Homi Bhabha, Stuart Hall, and other postcolonial theorists, Davidson reads Jeremiah's sign acts, discourses, and biographical narratives as complex responses to the pressures of colonization and dislocation. Fresh and compelling, this work sheds new light on the ambivalences that attend the subaltern's struggle to reconfigure "home" in an imperial context. Empire and Exile is an indispensable resource for readers wishing to explore the intersections of postcolonial criticism and biblical studies. -- Carolyn J. Sharp, Yale Divinity School, USA Davidson has written a compelling work that manages to balance traditionalhistorical-critical approaches to Jeremiah with newer methodologies. In fact, he is able to demonstrate that newer reading strategies, such as postcolonial approaches, may help clarify traditionally difficult issues in Jeremiah studies. -- Phillip Michael Sherman, Maryville College Religious Studies Review 20130301

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