A Postcolonial Woman's Encounter with Moses and Miriam

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Angeline M. G. Song
Postcolonialism and Religions
  • London, UK: 
    , September
     275 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


How is it that twenty-first century readers are able to feel such an affinity with ancient biblical narratives written thousands of years ago? The clue likely lies in a complex but universal human trait: empathy.

In this book Angeline M.G. Song draws on her empathic connection with Moses and Miriam of Exodus 2. She offers up a singular interpretation of them from the perspectives of empathy, Postcolonialism, and focalization narratology. This interpretation is further grounded in a theorization of the author's personal story as a female adoptee of a single woman, her upbringing in a patriarchal Asian environment, and her current social context as an immigrant in New Zealand. A Postcolonial Woman's Encounter with Moses and Miriam offers a novel reading strategy and an interpretation of Exodus 2 that provide insights and perspectives hitherto unidentified or ignored. 

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

Angeline M.G. Song is a former newspaper journalist turned biblical scholar. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and is an Honorary Research Associate of Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand. She also works with students with disability issues in tertiary education in Auckland. Her research interests include Empathy studies, Postcolonial studies, Focalization Narratology, and biblical contextual interpretation.

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