Ethnicity, Race, Religion

Identities and Ideologies in Early Jewish and Christian Texts, and in Modern Biblical Interpretation

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David G. Horrell, Katherine M. Hockey
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , June
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Religion, ethnicity and race are facets of human identity that have become increasingly contested in the study of the Bible - largely due to the modern discipline of biblical studies having developed in the context of Western Europe, concurrent with the emergence of various racial and imperial ideologies. The essays in this volume address Western domination by focusing on historical facets of ethnicity and race in antiquity, the identities of Jews and Christians, and the critique of scholarly ideologies and racial assumptions which have shaped this branch of study. 

The contributors critique various Western European and North American contexts, and bring fresh perspectives from other global contexts, providing insights into how biblical studies can escape its enmeshment in often racist notions of ethnicity, race, empire, nationhood and religion. Covering issues ranging from translation and racial stereotyping to analysing the significance of race in Genesis and the problems of an imperialist perspective, this volume is vital not only for biblical scholars but those invested in Christian, Jewish and Muslim identity.

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

Katherine M. Hockey is Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

David G. Horrell is Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Exeter.


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