1st Edition

Activist Hermeneutics of Liberation and the Bible A Global Intersectional Perspective

Edited By Jin Young Choi, Gregory L. Cuéllar Copyright 2023
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Inspired by the current political moment around the globe in which uprisings, protests, revolutions, and movements are on the rise, this book examines the intersections between the Bible and activism. It does this by showcasing intersectional readings of the Bible as an activist act and a tool for activism; historicizing the uses of the Bible within activist/freedom movements around the globe; and offering activist approaches to teaching the Bible. Each chapter in this volume provides a critical and substantive response from the discipline of Biblical Studies to global political trends. International in scope, with contributors from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, South Africa, and the United States, they address themes such as gender politics, racial injustices, violence toward women, political resistance, and activist hermeneutics and pedagogies. Together they harness the intellectual energies of minoritized Biblical scholars in a nonessentialist manner to reflect on the Bible as a tool for liberating social and political change. Reflecting on the activist potential of the Bible, this book will be of keen interest to scholars in Biblical Studies, Political Theology, and Religious Studies.

    Activist Hermeneutics of Liberation and the Bible

    Jin Young Choi and Gregory L. Cuéllar

    Part I: The Bible and Activist Movements

    1 My Light is Darkness: Reading (the Bible) with Baldwin for #BLM

    Adam F. Braun

    2 The Colonies Strike Back: How Latin-American Liberation Theology Saved Christianity in Post-Dictatorial Spain

    Luis Menéndez-Antuña

    3 Intersectionality in Biblical Studies: A Tool Toward Social Justice Activism?

    Mónica Isabel Rey

    4 Social Movements in Hong Kong and the Bible
    Sonia Kwok Wong

    Part II: Empowering Activists with the Bible

    5 Qohelet and Jaiba Politics: Ecclesiastes and Activist Resistance from a Puerto Rican Perspective

    Lydia Hernández-Marcial

    6 Name of the Nameless: An Intercultural Reading of the Significance of Naming the Children in Hosea 1:2–9

    Royce M. Victor

    Part III Activist Teachers of the Bible

    7 “I Am No Longer a Professor”: A Pedagogy of Living Word Becoming Flesh

    Melanie A. Duguid-May

    8 Stuff the Bible: Psalm 137

    Jione Havea

    9 #MeToo #BibleToo: Teaching Ethics of Sex with the Bible for Justice

    Keun-joo Christine Pae

    Epilogue: The Embodied Cost of Knowledge Activism

    Sarojini Nadar


    Jin Young Choi is a professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, USA.

    Gregory L. Cuéllar is an associate professor of Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA.