Rescuing the Bible

Rescuing the Bible

by Roland Boer


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What is the future for the Bible, one of the most important books in the world? In this manifesto, Roland Boer explores the idea that the Bible is an unruly and uncontrollable text that has been colonized by church, synagogue, and state.

  • Powerfully argues that the Bible needs to be rescued from its abuse by the religious and political right
  • Considers the history of revolutionary readings of the Bible, from Gerrard Winstanley to the present
  • Urges a role for the Bible in a new "worldly left": an alliance between the religious and secular left that can promote more progressive readings of the text
  • Concludes by offering a "political myth" from the Bible that condemns oppression, imagines a better society and celebrates the biblical themes of opposition and chaos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405170208
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/04/2008
Series: Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Roland Boer is Reader in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University in Australia. He has written seven books on biblical, political and philosophical subjects.

Table of Contents



1. The New Secularism.

2. The Worldly Left: Towards a Politics of Alliance.

3. Bad Conscience: Battles Over the Bible.

4. (Ab)using the Text: Conflicts in Politics and Science.

5. Making All Things New: The Revolutionary Legacy of the Bible.

6. Rescuing the Bible.




Index of Subjects.

Index of Biblical References

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"I have dreamed of a project like this, a project of our time that would offer a manifesto to those of us who refuse to allow the Bible to be co-opted and controlled by right-wing and reactionary forces."
–Gerald West, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

"Roland Boer presents a lively, thoughtful, and compelling call for an alliance of the secular and religious left to take back the Bible from the religious and political right. In a brilliant analysis of both the current political landscape and the development and use of the Bible, he illuminates the liberative effects and potential at the core of the Bible."
–Richard Horsley, University of Massachusetts

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