Parables as a Mode of Agrarian-Resistance is an exploration into the agrarian-resistance motifs embedded in the parables of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel. There are two basic assumptions that run throughout the study. First, the agrarian communities living in the Galilee and Judea during the Greco-Roman imperial rule had resisted the imperial powers. Second, God remains at the centre of the struggles for freedom of the subjugated people.
Rawsea examines the notion of God in relation to the subalterns in the parables of Jesus in Mark to see how the dynamics of God’s reign was set in favour of the marginalised subalterns of the first-century. His point of departure is this: Mark shows that the nature and purpose of the parables of Jesus contain some elements that are intrinsic to agrarian-resistance. Rawsea directs our attention to those intricate features of the parables and raised certain questions concerning their political role in the context of Roman Galilee and Judea.
On the whole, the author argues that the parables of Jesus are effective instruments of resistance to domination. Accordingly, he spots the parables in the life situation of Jesus in-movement to ascertain the meaning of his parables. Jesus, was not simply an individual preacher or teacher, but the one who was in a movement.
Rawsea suggests that the parables of Jesus are perhaps best interpreted if one takes it as the means to speak truth to power. This book offers many insights to enhance the tribal hermeneutics in the context of North-east India.
List of Abbreviations
1. Problems of Method in the Study of Parables
2. The Protest and Resistance in Judea and Galilee during the Roman-Herodian Period (63 B.C.E.-C.E. 70)
3. The Domination and Resistance in the Gospel of Mark
4. The Agrarian-Resistance Motifs in the Parables in the Gospel of Mark
5. The Theology of the Agrarian-Resistance as Reflected in the Parables of Jesus: God and the Subalterns
6. Sociopolitical and Theological Implications of "God and the Subalterns" for the Tribal Hermeneutics in North-east India
L. H. Rawsea, B.Com, BD, M. Th., D. Th. (New Testament) is Professor of New Testament at the Aizawl Theological College, Mizoram, India. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of India, Mizoram Synod. Presently, he is the Programme Director of Calvin Study Centre run by the College.
He has authored several theological articles, essays, sermons and books both in English and Mizo. Among his research works are Differing Interpretations of the Torah in Matthew’s Gospel: A Narrative-Critical Reading of Matthew’s Conflict Stories in India (2003) and Ground Works for Tribal Theology in the Mizo Context (2007, co-editor). He lives in the campus of Aizawl Theological College with his wife Julie Malsawmi and two sons David Lalbiaktluanga and Matthew Lalruatkima.