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Biblical Representations of Moab

A Kenyan Postcolonial Reading


R.S. Wafula

Biblical Representations of Moab: A Kenyan Postcolonial Reading employs critical theories on colonial, anticolonial, and postcolonial ethnicity and African cultural hermeneutics to examine the overlap of politics, ethnicity, nationality, economics, and religion in contemporary Kenya and to utilize those critical tools to illuminate the Hebrew Bible narratives concerning the Moabites.
This book can be used by teachers and students of contemporary methods in Hebrew Bible studies, postcolonial studies, Africana studies, African biblical hermeneutics, political science, gender studies, history, philosophy, international studies, religion and peace studies, African affairs, and ethnic/racial conflict and resolution studies. It would also be of immense value to clergy and lay leaders engaged in interfaith or interethnic/racial dialogue.
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Chapter 2. Methodological Concerns


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In this chapter I offer a summary of the status of three theoretical frameworks: postcolonialism, ethnicity, and African biblical hermeneutics, and make tentative proposals for advancing these theories for biblical scholarship. The running theme in the chapter is my contention that there is need to extend these theoretical frameworks into the specificities and the material conditions of real people. In the last chapter I indicated that the Hebrew Bible uses three themes: genealogy, land, and religion to advance an imperializing philosophy over the Other. In this chapter, albeit implicitly, I indicate that the three theoretical frameworks also raise the same issues in terms of their complex relation to power-politics. I argue that in order to fully exploit the implications of power-politics in the discursive narratives of genealogy, land, and religion, one needs to focus on the specificities of ethnic identities in their material, sociopolitical, and economic contexts.

Contextualizing Postcolonial Subjectivity

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