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Book Review: Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible's Message in an Age of Diversity

Book Review: Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible's Message in an Age of Diversity REVIEWS Interpretation 335 Book Notes The People’s Companion to the Bible Coming Together in the 21st Century: The edited by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Wilda C. Gafney, Leticia Bible’s Message in an Age of Diversity A. Guardiola-Saenz, George “Tink” Tinker, and Frank by Curtiss Paul DeYoung; foreword by Cain Hope Felder Yamada Judson, Valley Forge, Penn., 2009. 256 pp. $19.00. ISBN 978- Fortress, Minneapolis, 2010. 296 pp. $29.00. ISBN 978-0- 0-8170-1546-0. 8006-9702-0. For the fifteenth anniversary of its original publi- This volume aims to shatter the misperception cation (1995), this newly revised and expanded that the Bible is somehow “color-” and “culture- edition offers readers an in-depth study of multi- blind,” by offering explorations of the Bible culturalism and diversity in the Christian Scrip- from multiple social locations. It also invites fresh tures. New material includes an expanded defini- discussion of critical issues facing citizens of the tion of diversity that adds gender and class to twenty-first century. Introductory essays highlight race, culture, and ethnicity; a chapter on Paul’s issues of identity, culture, perspective, and inter- view of gender; contributions from ethnically pretation; introductions to each book of the diverse men and women; a chapter on culture Bible offer scholarly yet personal angles of vision. and identity; and a group reflection and action Contributors include scholars from communities guide. traditionally underrepresented in mainstream bib- lical scholarship in the United States: African A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, and Testament Writings Native Americans. edited by Fernando F. Segovia and R. S. Sugirtharajah T & T Clark, London, 2009. 480 pp. $44.95. ISBN 978-0- They Were All Together in One Place? 567-63707-9. Toward Minority Biblical Criticism This volume, first published in 2007 and now edited by Randall C. Bailey, Tat-siong Benny Liew, and available in paperback, applies postcolonial criti- Fernando F. Segovia cism to the entire corpus of the NT. It places the Semeia Studies. Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 2009. reality and ramifications of imperial-colonial 397 pp. $49.95. ISBN 978-1-58983-245-9. frameworks and relations at the center of biblical criticism. The various essays demonstrate how Scholars from three major racial/ethnic minority texts and interpretations construct and/or relate communities in the United States (African Amer- to their respective imperial-colonial contexts; ican, Asian American, and Latino/a American) foreground literary, rhetorical, and ideological focus on the problematic of race and ethnicity in marks of coloniality and postcoloniality in both the Bible and in contemporary biblical interpreta- texts and interpretations; reveal how postcolonial tion. With keen eyes on both ancient texts and reading strategies disrupt and destabilize hege- contemporary context, fourteen contributors pay monic biblical criticism; and engage in critical dia- close attention to how racial/ethnic dynamics logue with the visions and projects identified in intersect with other differential relations of texts as well as in interpretations. Warren Carter, power such as gender, class, sexuality, and colo- Neil Elliott, Richard Horsley, Sharon Ringe, nialism. They also consider their readings along- Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Abraham Smith, side those of other racial/ethnic minority com- and Stephen Moore are among the twenty-one munities. The volume includes an introduction contributors. that considers the historical trajectory, critical findings, and future directions of minority bibli- cal criticism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interpretation SAGE

Book Review: Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible's Message in an Age of Diversity

Interpretation , Volume 65 (3): 1 – Jul 1, 2011

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REVIEWS Interpretation 335 Book Notes The People’s Companion to the Bible Coming Together in the 21st Century: The edited by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Wilda C. Gafney, Leticia Bible’s Message in an Age of Diversity A. Guardiola-Saenz, George “Tink” Tinker, and Frank by Curtiss Paul DeYoung; foreword by Cain Hope Felder Yamada Judson, Valley Forge, Penn., 2009. 256 pp. $19.00. ISBN 978- Fortress, Minneapolis, 2010. 296 pp. $29.00. ISBN 978-0- 0-8170-1546-0. 8006-9702-0. For the fifteenth anniversary of its original publi- This volume aims to shatter the misperception cation (1995), this newly revised and expanded that the Bible is somehow “color-” and “culture- edition offers readers an in-depth study of multi- blind,” by offering explorations of the Bible culturalism and diversity in the Christian Scrip- from multiple social locations. It also invites fresh tures. New material includes an expanded defini- discussion of critical issues facing citizens of the tion of diversity that adds gender and class to twenty-first century. Introductory essays highlight race, culture, and ethnicity; a chapter on Paul’s issues of identity, culture, perspective, and inter- view of gender; contributions from ethnically pretation; introductions to each book of the diverse men and women; a chapter on culture Bible offer scholarly yet personal angles of vision. and identity; and a group reflection and action Contributors include scholars from communities guide. traditionally underrepresented in mainstream bib- lical scholarship in the United States: African A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, and Testament Writings Native Americans. edited by Fernando F. Segovia and R. S. Sugirtharajah T & T Clark, London, 2009. 480 pp. $44.95. ISBN 978-0- They Were All Together in One Place? 567-63707-9. Toward Minority Biblical Criticism This volume, first published in 2007 and now edited by Randall C. Bailey, Tat-siong Benny Liew, and available in paperback, applies postcolonial criti- Fernando F. Segovia cism to the entire corpus of the NT. It places the Semeia Studies. Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 2009. reality and ramifications of imperial-colonial 397 pp. $49.95. ISBN 978-1-58983-245-9. frameworks and relations at the center of biblical criticism. The various essays demonstrate how Scholars from three major racial/ethnic minority texts and interpretations construct and/or relate communities in the United States (African Amer- to their respective imperial-colonial contexts; ican, Asian American, and Latino/a American) foreground literary, rhetorical, and ideological focus on the problematic of race and ethnicity in marks of coloniality and postcoloniality in both the Bible and in contemporary biblical interpreta- texts and interpretations; reveal how postcolonial tion. With keen eyes on both ancient texts and reading strategies disrupt and destabilize hege- contemporary context, fourteen contributors pay monic biblical criticism; and engage in critical dia- close attention to how racial/ethnic dynamics logue with the visions and projects identified in intersect with other differential relations of texts as well as in interpretations. Warren Carter, power such as gender, class, sexuality, and colo- Neil Elliott, Richard Horsley, Sharon Ringe, nialism. They also consider their readings along- Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Abraham Smith, side those of other racial/ethnic minority com- and Stephen Moore are among the twenty-one munities. The volume includes an introduction contributors. that considers the historical trajectory, critical findings, and future directions of minority bibli- cal criticism.

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