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Was Paul an opponent of imperialism or a participant in the patriarchal social codes of his day? Joseph A. Marchal moves beyond this too-simple dichotomy to examine the language of power and obedience, ethnicity, and gender in Paul's letters, arguing that understanding the way rhetorics of power overlap and intersect requires a nuanced combination of feminist and post-colonial criticism and a thick description of colonized space. His analysis of gender and power dynamics in the Roman colony of Philippi is an exemplar of a new approach to reading Paul in his contexts, always attentive to the contexts of the contemporary interpreter as well. The Politics of Heaven offers new clarity and precision in the interpretation of the apostle and the social spaces in which he moved.

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* Combines feminist and postcolonial criticism in a reading of Philippians * A multi-faceted approach to the culture of a Roman colony and the rhetoric of Paul's letter

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In this provocative study, Joseph A. Marchal argues that biblical interpretation, but most especially Pauline studies, must engage the full range of critical challenges brought by feminist studies, postcolonial studies, and Roman imperial studies. A feminist, postcolonial analysis requires negotiating the gaps, overlaps, and tensions between these three strands by adopting an explicitly multi-axial focus and an interdisciplinary methodology. Using Philippians as a test case, the analysis covers issues of both ancient and contemporary import: from imitation and authority to travel and contact. As a result, Marchal provides strikingly new perspectives on Paul's letters and fresh challenges to the paradigms of Pauline interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780800663001
Author:
Marchal, Joseph A.
Publisher:
Fortress Press
Author:
Marchal, Joseph
Subject:
Sikhism
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Feminist theology
Subject:
Biblical Studies - New Testament
Subject:
Postcolonialism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Sikhism
Series:
Paul in Critical Contexts
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
213
Dimensions:
9.00x6.30x1.00 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , * Combines feminist and postcolonial criticism in a reading of Philippians * A multi-faceted approach to the culture of a Roman colony and the rhetoric of Paul's letter
"Synopsis" by , In this provocative study, Joseph A. Marchal argues that biblical interpretation, but most especially Pauline studies, must engage the full range of critical challenges brought by feminist studies, postcolonial studies, and Roman imperial studies. A feminist, postcolonial analysis requires negotiating the gaps, overlaps, and tensions between these three strands by adopting an explicitly multi-axial focus and an interdisciplinary methodology. Using Philippians as a test case, the analysis covers issues of both ancient and contemporary import: from imitation and authority to travel and contact. As a result, Marchal provides strikingly new perspectives on Paul's letters and fresh challenges to the paradigms of Pauline interpretation.
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