Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World

By Pui-lan Kwok

Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World

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  • ISBN: 9781592443499
  • Pages: 152
  • Publication Date: 9/16/2003
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
Web Price: $16.80

Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World

By Pui-lan Kwok

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592443499
  • Pages: 152
  • Publication Date: 9/16/2003
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80

About-

As a Chinese woman, a feminist theologian, and a biblical scholar, Kwok Pui-lan brings a new perspective and voice to the task of hermeneutics. Her multidimensional reading of the Bible draws on a tradition much older than that of the West while it simultaneously incorporates the insights of contemporary feminist and Third World theologies.

Seeing herself as "wanderer" between the worlds of East and West, Kwok Pui-lan draws on the work of contemporary biblical scholars, as well as the millennia-old commentaries on the 'Book of Change', the 'Dao de Jing', and the 'Bhagavad Gita'. Her creativity and imagination come into play, as she gradually, inseparably links reader, text, and context.

The first three chapters locate the context from which she approaches the Bible as an Asian woman. Kwok considers Asian traditions as well as the social biography of Asian peoples, and discusses the complex issues of using the Bible in feminist theology. Chapters Four and Five approach the unique Asian context with its long traditions of orality and exegesis of ancient scriptures. Chapter Six analyzes the challenges of Asian critics to western interpretations of scripture and raises sharp issues of colonial oppression. Finally, 'Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World' shows how the multiple oppressions of women provide a context for rediscovering the Bible's liberating message.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Must reading for anyone engaged in biblical studies, cross-cultural education and feminist theology. I highly recommend this richly instructive and powerful book."

Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School


"An important addition to the fast-growing literature on Asian biblical discourse."

R. S. Sugirtharajah, University of Birmingham


"A significant contribution to the hermeneutical conversation arising from the global context of reading of the Bible."

Sharon H. Ringe, Wesley Theological Seminary

Contributors-

Pui-lan Kwok

Bio(s)-

Pui-lan Kwok, the foremost Chinese feminist theologian, writes and speaks with one of the liveliest voices in theology and biblical studies today. She received her doctorate at Harvard Divinity School and was formerly on the faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently on the faculty of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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