Reading the Bible from the Margins

Reading the Bible from the Margins

by Miguel A. De La Torre

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This introduction focuses on how issues involving race, class, and gender influence our understanding of the Bible. Describing how "standard" readings of the Bible are not always acceptable to people or groups on the "margins," this book afters valuable new insights into biblical texts today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608333417
Publisher: Orbis
Publication date: 11/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 523,397
File size: 525 KB

Table of Contents

Liberating the Bible5
The Bible in the Real World8
Reading through Others' Eyes10
1Learning to Read: The Importance of Words14
Defining Terms15
Imposing Twenty-First-Century Meanings on Ancient Texts17
Defining Racism20
The Factor of Language24
A Han Reading26
Multiple Consciousness27
The Center-Margin Dichotomy31
2Reading the Bible from the Center36
A Privileged Reading38
A Biblical Paradigm for Justifying Privilege41
Pitfalls in Raising Consciousness48
Words of Concern49
Searching for the Abundant Life51
3Unmasking the Biblical Justification of Racism and Classism55
Justifying Racism56
Beyond the Black-and-White Dichotomy58
African Americans59
Justifying Classism70
Classism from the Margins76
4Unmasking the Biblical Justification of Sexism82
Justifying Patriarchy83
Sexism from the Margins91
Feminism among Women of Color92
Justifying Homophobia96
Homophobia from the Margins100
The Hermeneutical Circle102
5Who Do You Say I Am?104
The Economically Marginalized Christ108
A Hispanic Christ112
An Amerindian Christ116
An Asian American Christ119
A Black Christ121
A Female Christ123
A Gay Christ130
Perceiving the Character of Divinity132
God Sides with Today's Crucified People133
God Is Victorious135
6Jesus Saves136
The Rich Young Ruler, the Sinning Tax Collector, and the Begging Blind Man139
More Than Just Climbing Sycamore Trees142
I Once Was Blind143
Of Sheep and Goats144
Communal Essence of Justice146
Are You Saved?148
7Can't We All Just Get Along?151
The Dysfunctional Family152
Forgive and Forget?153
Power to Direct the Discourse154
Power to Name155
Power Not to See a Need to Repent155
Power to Become the "Real" Victim156
Cheap Forgiveness158
What the Center Can Learn about the Bible160
Exodus: God the Liberator160
Amos: God the Seeker of Justice161
The Gospels: God the Doer165
Acts and the Letters from Paul: God the Subverter167
The Bible in the Twenty-First Century170
General Index185
Scripture Index194

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