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Mark and Matthew after Edward Said
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2013 (English)In: Mark and Matthew, Texts and Contexts II: Hermeneutics, Reception History, Theology / [ed] Eve-Marie Becker and Anders Runesson, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013, 289-309 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The essay studies scholarly nineteenth century commentaries on Matthew and Mark and investigates how they were related to the colonial mindset that permeated European culture at this time. The point is to make visible what appearsto be a colonial heritage of biblical scholarship that, unless monitored, risk becoming reproduced in contemporary scholarship. Also, the essay argues that what is seen as ordinary biblical exegesis is in fact an expression of a particular culture with its dominating regimes of knowledge.

The argument unfolds in three parts. It begins by analyzing how biblical scholarship on Mark and Matthew was related to the racialized discourses of modernity, more especially to the field of orientalism. Secondly, biblical scholarship will be studied in light of the discourse of Protestant mission with its debated relation to European colonialism. Third, some final conclusions are drawn regarding contemporary interpretations of Mark and Matthew.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013. 289-309 p.
, WUNT 1, ISSN 0512-1604 ; 304
Keyword [en]
The Gospel of Mark, The Gospel of Matthew, Edward Said, postcolonial criticism, empire
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-200885ISBN: 978-3-16-152545-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-200885DiVA: diva2:625328
Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2013-06-04

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