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Postcolonial Discipleship of Embodiment: An Asian and Asian American Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark
Choi, Jin Young

New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 pp. 224. $95.00

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Postcolonialism and Religions


Description: In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus asks the disciples, 'Do you not yet understand?' Rereading the Gospel through the lens of Asian and Asian American feminist hermeneutics, Jin Young Choi interprets this 'understanding' as phronesis (embodied wisdom) rather than knowledge of Jesus' identity. Discipleship, Choi asserts, means embodying mystery. Amidst the Roman imperial construction of the colonized body, colonial subjects perceive, or are haunted by, Jesus' body as phantasmic, consumed, and passive. The mystery of Jesus' transcorporeal body disrupts the imperial presence, while conveying the subjectivity of othered bodies that are invisible, placeless, and voiceless in both ancient and contemporary postcolonial contexts. This postcolonial feminist rereading of Mark calls for an ethical relation with the single figure of the crucified for continued life-giving and meaning-making.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Postcolonial Approaches

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Review by Angela N. Parker
Published 12/8/2016
Citation: Angela N. Parker, review of Jin Young Choi, Postcolonial Discipleship of Embodiment: An Asian and Asian American Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


Review by Chang Seon An
Published 12/8/2016
Citation: Chang Seon An, review of Jin Young Choi, Postcolonial Discipleship of Embodiment: An Asian and Asian American Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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