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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics?: Reading the New Testament
Liew, Tat-siong Benny

Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2008 pp. xiv + 258. $35.00

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Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies


Description: This is the first single-authored book on Asian American biblical interpretation. It covers all of the major genres within the New Testament and broadens biblical hermeneutics to cover not only the biblical texts, but also Asian American literature and current films and events like genome research and September 11. Despite its range, the book is organized around three foci: methodology (the distinguishing characteristics or sensibilities of Asian American biblical hermeneutics), community (the politics of inclusion and exclusion), and agency. The work intentionally affirms Asian America as a panethnic coalition while acknowledging the differences within it. In other words, it attempts to balance Asian American panethnicity and heterogeneity, or coalition building and identity politics.

Subjects: Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics

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Review by Jae Won Lee
Published 7/24/2009
Citation: Jae Won Lee, review of Tat-Siong Benny Liew, What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics?: Reading the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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