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Paul's Identity in Galatians : A Postcolonial Appraisal
Authorship Description
Roji T. George.
Bibliographical Details xx, 308 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481530
ISBN-13 9789351481539, 978-9351481539
Year of Publication 2016.
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In this book, George rejects articulating an essentialised identity of Paul in Hellenistic or Jewish background as done through the Christian centuries by Paul's interpreters. With his lucid, precise, and cogent argumentation, George articulates Paul's postcolonial identity in non-essentialist, transcultural hybrid, and `impure' terms. He argues that the apostle occupied a cultural-political interstitial space between the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures from where he spoke in `forked tongue' subverting, simultaneously, all the three cultures.

Borrowing cultural-political tools of literary praxis from the literary critics like Said, Spivak, and Bhabha, an exegetical study of Paul's letter to the Galatians is undertaken in the context of the first century Galatia. It enables unraveling Paul's strategic imagination in a postcolonial hybrid context. It is argued that his self-representation and the community identity formation within the christological-ekklesial space subvert competing power discourses emanating from the colonial `centre' and `margins,' at the same time. For Paul, it is in Christ, the `Third space,' that one is emancipated from all oppressive binaries.

This book is sure to interest every serious student of Paul and his theology who wishes to hear multiple meanings of Paul's utterances in the then colonial context subverting dominant power discourses, seeks relevance of his writings in the present cultural-political world, and is interested in reading his writings from multiple interpretive ventage points like Postcolonialism.






1. Postcolonialism : A Critical Tool of Reading

1. Mapping Postcolonialism : Its Defenition and Conceptual Tools

2. Navigating Biblical Studies with the Postcolonial Compass

2. Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman (Post)Colonial
Discursive World

1. Roman Imperialism : An Overview

2. Cross-Cultural Pollination in the Imperial World

3. The Colonial `Self' and the Colonized `Other' in Roman Antiquity : The Discursive World

3. The Rhetorical Context of Paul's
Galatian Discourse

1. Background of the Letter to Galatians : An Overview

2. The Socio-Historical Context of Galatia

3. Identity of the Opponents in Galatia

4. Exploring Postcolonial Insights
in Galatians : An Exegetical Inquiry

1. The Interpretative Framework of Galatians (1:1-10; 6:11-18)

2. The Autobiography of Paul (1:11-2:14)

3. The Central Affirmation of Paul (2:15-21)

4. Revisiting the Sacred Stories and the Scripture for the `Other' (3:1-5:12)

5. Radical Ethics of the Community (5:13-6:10)

5. Envisioning the Postcolonial Identity
of Paul : A New Search

1. Identity as a Process of Identification

2. Dunn and Hodge on Paul's Identity

3. Paul's Hybrid and Strategic Essentialist Posture : Re-drawing his Self-Consciousness

4. The Third Space of Emancipation : The Christological-Ekklesial Space



Subject Index

Author Index

Roji T. George, MA [Sociology], MTh, DTh [New Testament], is Professor of New Testament at SAIACS, Bangalore. Earlier, he has taught at Luther W. New Jr. Theological College, Dehradun, (2001-2016) in the Department of New Testament Studies and has served as the Managing Editor of `Doon Theological Journal' for a number of years. He is a recipient of the J. G. Frank Collison Award for Theological Research (2014) for his work on Luke's portrayal of Paul's mission in Ephesus in Acts 19. He has authored several important articles in national and international journals. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, Anjana, and two young daughters, Joanne and Janet.

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