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Discourses of Empire: The Gospel of Mark from a Postcolonial Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This inventive work explores Mark’s Gospel within the contexts of the empires of Rome and Europe. In a unique dual analysis, the book highlights how empire is not only part of the past but also of a present colonial heritage. The book first outlines postcolonial criticism and discusses the challenges it poses for biblical scholarship, then scrutinizes the complex ways with which nineteenth-century commentaries on Mark’s Gospel interplayed with the formation of European colonial identities. It examines the stance of Mark’s Gospel vis-à-vis the Roman Empire and analyzes the manner in which the fibers of empire within Mark are interwoven, reproduced, negotiated, modified and subverted. Finally, it offers synthesizing suggestions for bringing Mark beyond a colonial heritage. The book’s candid use of postcolonial criticism illustrates how a contemporary perspective can illuminate and shed new light on an ancient text in its imperial setting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature , 2013, 1. , 388 p.
, Semeia Studies, 71
Keyword [en]
Bible, Mark, Postcolonial criticism, discourse theory, ideological criticism, historic-critical paradigm, European colonialism, early Christian identity, Roman Empire, Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, mimicry, hybridity, catachresis
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis; Sociology of Religion; History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213603ISBN: 978-1-58983-889-5ISBN: 978-1-58983-890-1ISBN: 978-1-58983-891-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213603DiVA: diva2:682739
Available from: 2013-12-30 Created: 2013-12-30 Last updated: 2013-12-30

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