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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 4. Kikuyu-Luo Ethnic Representations in Postcolonial Kenya


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In the last chapter, I organized my inquiry into the Israelite-Moabite ethnic representations around issues of genealogy, land, and religion, while paying attention to issues of the specificity of these two ethnic groups. In the chapter I tried to address my thesis questions, the most pertinent one being, does the Israelite representation of the Moabite ethnic identity service an Israelite colonial mentality? However, answers to this question could only be gained by inferences from the Hebrew Bible representations and the Moabite Stone, partly due to the fact that we can hardly consider the Hebrew Bible narratives as historical documents of information, in the strict sense of the term, and partly because Israelite-Moabite representations are heavily couched in religious language to the effect that sociopolitical and economic nuances and ramifications are blunted. Nevertheless, I suggested that Israelite-Moabite relations in general and Moabite representations in the Hebrew Bible in particular should be understood as products of contending subgroups within the larger context of the Persian Empire.

Unlike the previous chapter, this chapter demonstrates practically the implications of ethnic representations in a postcolony. It describes tangible and verifiable instances of ethnic violence and oppression against those considered as the Other. As a result, the chapter is instrumental in helping to reimagine the repercussions of Israelite-Moabite ethnic representations.

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