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En annan universalism: Den etiopiske eunucken (Apg 8:26-40) från ett postkolonialt perspektiv
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2013 (Swedish)In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 89, no 3-4, 106-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the purpose of illustrating what a postcolonial approach in biblical studies can involve, this article ap-plies the writings of Said, Spivak and Bhabha as interpretative grid on the episode about the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40). Postcolonial approaches, it is argued, involves two main concerns: 1) how the text has been used in colonial settings and 2) how the text, in the light of the colonial heritage, relates to ancient empires at the time of its composition. Consequently, the article begins by discussing the colonial inheritance of Acts, including its importance for motivating Protestant mission. Here it is also illustrated how nineteenth interpre-tation of the episode regarded the Ethiopian as an oriental, and what that implied in terms of forming a west-ern identity. The episode is then interpreted as part of the overall plot in Luke-Acts with its geographical tran-sition from Galilee via Jerusalem to Rome. Seen in its ancient imperial setting, it is argued, the text has a double potential of on the one hand being more imperial than Rome’s empire but on the other hand as offering a different kind of universalism that is based on what Catherine Keller has called mutually assured vulnerabil-ity.

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2013. Vol. 89, no 3-4, 106-115 p.
Keyword [sv]
Apostlagärningarna, Postkolonial kritik, ras, mission, Bhabha, Spivak, Said
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Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-214283DiVA: diva2:684581
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