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Subversive Scriptures: Revolutionary Christian Readings of the Bible in Latin America [Paperback]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1997
Publisher   Trinity Press International
ISBN  1563382008  
EAN  9781563382000  


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The authors of the highly acclaimed study on Jesus and Judaism, have collaborated to produce the most comprehensive and up-to-date book yet on the first three Gospels. Among others the book addresses New Testament students and, in one volume provides all the background, analyses, exegetical aids, and methodology necessary for synoptic studies. Examples for the user's personal study and research are printed throughout the text.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leif E. Vaage teaches New Testament literature and exegesis at Emmanuel College and the Toronto School of Theology, both in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of "Galilean Upstarts: Jesus' First Followers According to Q" and, most recently, a book of verse, "Schooled in Salt".

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Subversive Scripture is refreshing and provocative, sometime  Nov 1, 1998
Vaage has assembled ten studies of prevailing cultural practices as seen through the eyes of ten learned Latin American interpreters of the Christian Bible. Each of these scholars attempts to goad the reader to re-interpret scripture and to rethinking old textual paradigms.

Leif Vaage's subtitle reads, "Revolutionary Reading of the Christian Bible". It seems that Vaage is implying that the Bible presses a militant agenda to free the oppressed. It may have been Lief Vaage's intent to edit a book that would be militant, radical and subversive. He states that "the following essays are offered as a `revolutionary' alternative," but only a few of his authors (Carlos Dreher, Jose Cardena Pallares and Carlos Bravo Gallardo) remain true to the title. Divided into three sections the first set of authors deal with the problem of debt (specifically foreign debt) and by extension, the implication that money itself is to be seen as a source of social ill. The next group of scholars addresses the problem of sacrifice and the unacceptable social costs of a sacrificial theology. The final chapters discusses the spirituality of resistance.

In Latin America the Bible has always been a source of partisan debate about the legitimacy of prevailing power. The Bible has been and continues to be the one refuge that the poor and repressed can go to for both encouragement and direction. Scripture, through the interpretation of bold "subversive" theologians, can promote hope for justice, can stimulate faith to stand against tyranny and can ultimately kindle the flames of revolution and subversive action. The power of the rhetoric of the Bible can ultimately "overthrow or destroy established institutions and governments."

When all is written, it boils down to power - who has it and who doesn't. Power and who controls this power is the structural cause of injustice, poverty and oppression. In the life of the powerless and impoverished each day is a struggle to survive. Dignity as a human being is no more than an animal, and justice is only a word written on the frieze of government buildings.

This is a compilation of essays that reflect reformed liberation theology. O mi Dio, liberation theology has been reformed and co-oped, changed from its radical, revolutionary aspects to an "upright, more dignified, more palatable" theology. In today's world where prophetic proclamation promoting protest and action are desperately needed, yet we have generic, limpid preaching. Today's society is drifting without direction or coherence, listening to the wisdom of the gods and gurus of consumptive consumerism, desperately in need of "revolutionary readings (and preaching) of the Christian Bible." Subversive Scriptures is not subversive; nor is it radical or even militant. Rather, Subversive Scriptures are ten treatises of academic biblical scholarship that takes a divergent view from orthodox hermeneutics. Subversive Scripture is refreshing and provocative, sometimes . . . Subversive, No.

 
Refreshing and sometimes provocative, . . . Subversive, No  Oct 24, 1998
"The words of the wise are like goads, their collected saying like firmly embedded nails - given by one Shepherd" Ecclesiastes 12:11

The above scripture highlights opposition between the existential and the intellectual. The sayings of the wise are a goad: the goad enters the hide of the ox and makes it advance; thus the word of the wise makes us advance. Subversive Scriptures by Leif E. Vaage attempts to be a goad. Vaage has assembled ten studies of prevailing cultural practices as seen through the eyes of ten learned Latin American interpreters of the Christian Bible. Each of these scholars attempts to goad the reader to re-interpret scripture and to rethinking old textual paradigms.

Leif Vaage's subtitle reads, "Revolutionary Reading of the Christian Bible". It seems that Vaage is implying that the Bible presses a militant agenda to free the oppressed. It may have been Lief Vaage's intent to edit a book that would be militant, radical and subversive. He states that "the following essays are offered as a `revolutionary' alternative," but only a few of his authors (Carlos Dreher, Jose Cardena Pallares and Carlos Bravo Gallardo) remain true to the title. Divided into three sections the first set of authors deal with the problem of debt (specifically foreign debt) and by extension, the implication that money itself is to be seen as a source of social ill. The next group of scholars addresses the problem of sacrifice and the unacceptable social costs of a sacrificial theology. The final chapters discusses the spirituality of resistance.

In Latin America the Bible has always been a source of partisan debate about the legitimacy of prevailing power. The Bible has been and continues to be the one refuge that the poor and repressed can go to for both encouragement and direction. Scripture, through the interpretation of bold "subversive" theologians, can promote hope for justice, can stimulate faith to stand against tyranny and can ultimately kindle the flames of revolution and subversive action. The power of the rhetoric of the Bible can ultimately "overthrow or destroy established institutions and governments."

When all is written, it boils down to power - who has it and who doesn't. Power and who controls this power is the structural cause of injustice, poverty and oppression. In the life of the powerless and impoverished each day is a struggle to survive. Dignity as a human being is no more than an animal, and justice is only a word written on the frieze of government buildings.

This is a compilation of essays that reflect reformed liberation theology. O mi Dio, liberation theology has been reformed and co-oped, changed from its radical, revolutionary aspects to an "upright, more dignified, more palatable" theology. In today's world where prophetic proclamation promoting protest and action are desperately needed, yet we have generic, limpid preaching. Today's society is drifting without direction or coherence, listening to the wisdom of the gods and gurus of consumptive consumerism, desperately in need of "revolutionary readings (and preaching) of the Christian Bible." Subversive Scriptures is not subversive; nor is it radical or even militant. Rather, Subversive Scriptures are ten treatises of academic biblical scholarship that takes a divergent view from orthodox hermeneutics. Subversive Scripture is refreshing and sometimes provocative, . . . Subversive, No.

 

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