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Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World
Brett, Mark G.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016 pp. viii + 248. $28.00


Description: How can Scripture address the crucial justice issues of our time? In this book Mark Brett offers a careful reading of biblical texts that speak to such pressing public issues as the legacies of colonialism, the demands of asylum seekers, the challenges of climate change, and the shaping of redemptive economies. Brett argues that the Hebrew Bible can be read as a series of reflections on political trauma and healing ó the long saga of successive ancient empires violently asserting their sovereignty over Israel and of the Israelites forced to live out new pathways toward restoration. Brett retrieves the prophetic voice of Scripture and applies it to our contemporary world, addressing current justice issues in a relevant, constructive, compelling manner.

Subjects: Methods, Ideological Critique, Postcolonial Approaches

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Review by Mark R. Glanville
Published 10/5/2017
Citation: Mark R. Glanville, review of Mark G. Brett, Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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