Political Trauma and Healing

Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World

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Mark G. Brett
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , June
     264 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Kyle Trowbridge forthcoming.


How can Scripture address the crucial justice issues of our time? In this book Mark Brett offers a careful reading of biblical texts that speak to such pressing public issues as the legacies of colonialism, the demands of asylum seekers, the challenges of climate change, and the shaping of redemptive economies.

Brett argues that the Hebrew Bible can be read as a series of reflections on political trauma and healing — the long saga of successive ancient empires violently asserting their sovereignty over Israel and of the Israelites forced to live out new pathways toward restoration. Brett retrieves the prophetic voice of Scripture and applies it to our contemporary world, addressing current justice issues in a relevant, constructive, compelling manner.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mark G. Brett is professor of Old Testament at Whitley College, University of Divinity, Melbourne. He is also the author of Decolonizing God: The Bible in theTides of Empire and Genesis: Procreation and the Politics of Identity.


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