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Rescuing the Bible

Roland Boer

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Christentum


What is the future for the Bible, one of the most important booksin the world? In this manifesto, Roland Boer explores the idea thatthe Bible is an unruly and uncontrollable text that has beencolonized by church, synagogue, and state. * * Powerfully argues that the Bible needs to be rescued from itsabuse 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 alliancebetween the religious and secular left that can promote moreprogressive readings of the text * Concludes by offering a "political myth" from the Bible thatcondemns oppression, imagines a better society and celebrates thebiblical themes of opposition and chaos.


(Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, June2009)
"This is a welcome addition to Blackwell's new Manifestos series."
(Biblical Interpretation, April 2010)
"Rescuing the Bible is deeply thoughtful and provocative, and itdeserves to be widely read and discussed by both scholars and layfolk, believers and nonbelievers,on the left and the right."
Gerald West, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
"There is an important focus here on how the bible can be readwith an appropriate theological suspicion which will seek todiscern how it can become life-giving while not ignoring itsoppressive potential." (European Journal of Theology, April2009)"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."
Richard Horsley, University of Massachusetts
"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."



Bibelstudien, Religion u. Theologie, Biblical Studies, Religion, Issues & Current Affairs, Religion & Theology, Religionsfragen u. aktuelle Probleme