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Ethnicity, Race, Religion: Identities and Ideologies in Early Jewish and Christian Texts, and in Modern Biblical Interpretation
Hockey, Katherine M. and David G. Horrell, editors

London: T&T Clark, 2018 pp. x + 241. $114.00

Description: Religion, ethnicity and race are facets of human identity that have become increasingly contested in the study of the Bible - largely due to the modern discipline of biblical studies having developed in the context of Western Europe, concurrent with the emergence of various racial and imperial ideologies. The essays in this volume address Western domination by focusing on historical facets of ethnicity and race in antiquity, the identities of Jews and Christians, and the critique of scholarly ideologies and racial assumptions which have shaped this branch of study. The contributors critique various Western European and North American contexts, and bring fresh perspectives from other global contexts, providing insights into how biblical studies can escape its enmeshment in often racist notions of ethnicity, race, empire, nationhood and religion. Covering issues ranging from translation and racial stereotyping to analysing the significance of race in Genesis and the problems of an imperialist perspective, this volume is vital not only for biblical scholars but those invested in Christian, Jewish and Muslim identity. Contributors include John M. G. Barclay, Denise Kimber Buell, James G. Crossley, Gregory L. Cuéllar, Musa W. Dube, Kathy Ehrensperger, David G. Horrell, Ma. Marilou S. Ibita, Judith M. Lieu, Teresa Morgan, Halvor Moxnes, Love L. Sechrest, and Wei Hsien Wan.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Reception History

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Review by Ronald Charles
Published 5/9/2019
Citation: Ronald Charles, review of Katherine M. Hockey and David G. Horrell, eds., Ethnicity, Race, Religion: Identities and Ideologies in Early Jewish and Christian Texts, and in Modern Biblical Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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