In this insightful collection of essays, Mothy Varkey makes an important contribution not only to the field of the Biblical studies, but also to the emerging studies on intersection of Bible, Body and Empire. He calls for a critical decolonizing reading of the scripture, capable of reclaiming the radical subversive power of both the physical human body and the ‘body of the faithful’ called ekklesia. This book proposes ‘embodied ecclesiology’ and ‘embodied anthropology’ as tools to resist the empire.
1. Earth as a Collective Inheritance: Towards a 'Green-image of God'
2. Power, Body, and Resistance: A Postcolonial Reading of Matthew 5:38-42
3. 'Cruciform Humanity' and Jesus' Miracles
4. Paul's Self-Description as 'Aborted Apostle' (i Corinthians 15:8): A Foucauldian Reading
5. The Melchizedek Tradition and Jesus' high Priesthood: A Postcolonial Re-imagination of Christology in the Letter to the Hebrews
6. "Justification by Faith Alone" (Sola fide): Towards an Ekklesia of the Multitude?
7. Luther, Scripture, and Resistance
8. Mind-Body Dualism, and Embodied Anthropology
Rev. Dr Mothy Varkey is Professor of New Testament at the Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam, Kerala. He is also the visiting fellow at the Murdoch University, Australia. Among his many and influential works are Concept of Power in Matthew: A Postcolonial Reading (CSS, 2010), Salvation in Continuity: Reconsidering Matthew’s Soteriology (Fortress, 2017), and Church and Diakonia in the Age of Covid-19 (ISPCK, 2020).