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Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific
Havea, Jione, editor

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2018 pp. xiii + 235. $47.95

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Description: This book offers readings of the Bible by native biblical critics from the South Pacific (Pasifika). An essay from editor Jione Havea introduces the volume by locating these essays within islander criticism and by explaining the flow of the book. Essays are presented in three sections. “Island Twists” offers readings that twist, like a whirlpool, biblical texts around insights of Pasifika novelists, composers, poets, and sages. “Island Turns” contains contextual readings that turn biblical texts toward Pasifika. “Across the Sea” contains responses by biblical critics from across the sea. Contributors include Jione Havea, Moese Ma'ilo, Levesi Laumau Afutiti, Tangikefataua Koloamatangi, Brian Fiu Kolia, Martin Wilson Mariota, Inise Vakabua Foi'akau, Angeline M. G. Song, Makesi Neemia, and Vaitusi Nofoaiga. Fiona C. Black, Gerald O. West, Daniel Patte, and Camilla Raymond provide responses from across the sea.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Rhiannon Graybill
Published 9/5/2019
Citation: Rhiannon Graybill, review of Jione Havea, ed., Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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