Vancouver School of Theology

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NMC – HBX698  Reading the Hebrew Bible Through Postcolonial Eyes

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July 11 – 15 | 8:30am – 11:30am (Mandatory afternoon tutorial for M.Div. students) Dr. Ira D. Mangililo, Indonesian, lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Feminist Theologies at the Faculty of Theology of Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Indonesia. Ira holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, United Kingdom. This course introduces postcolonial hermeneutic as a reading strategy that challenges the biblical texts especially the Hebrew Bible as metanarratives composed by the center for interpreting the empire. Viewing the text through this lens allows us to explore the dynamics of the relationships between the colonizer/colonized and alerts us to the powerful rhetorical instruments of imperialism. This course also focuses on the present context in which the biblical text has been used to promote, both as a tool of domination and as a resource for resistance to, the unjust excesses of imperialism. This course meets the requirements for the M.Div. degree program, but is open to everyone.

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