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Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal: The Apostle Paul, Colonists and Sending Gods
Niang, Aliou Cissť

Leiden: Brill, 2009 pp. xvi + 182. $123.00

Series Information
Biblical Interpretation Series, 97


Description: Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal reads Galatians 2:11-15 and 3:26-29 through the lens of the 19th-20th century experiences of French colonialism by the Diola people in Senegal, West Africa, and portrays the Apostle Paul as a ''sociopostcolonial hermeneut who acted on his self-understanding as Godís messenger to create, through faith in the cross of Christ, free communities' -- a self-definition that is critical of ancient Graeco-Roman and modern colonial lore that justify colonization as a divine mandate.' Aliou C. Niang ingeniously compares the colonial objectification of his own people by French colonists to the Graeco-Roman colonial objectifications of the ancient Celts/Gauls/Galatians, and Paul's role in bringing about a different portrayal.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Galatians, Literature

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Review by Davina C. Lopez
Published 9/4/2011
Citation: Davina C. Lopez, review of Aliou Cissť Niang, Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal: The Apostle Paul, Colonists and Sending Gods, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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