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Exploring Dalit Liberative Hermeneutics in India and the World : Based on an Ancient Hebrew Prophet, Jeremiah of Anathoth
Authorship Description
Rev. Dr. Kondasingu Jesurathnam.
Bibliographical Details xxvi, 461 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351480631
ISBN-13 9789351480631, 978-9351480631
Year of Publication 2015.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 20.
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Jeremiah was one of the ancient Hebrew prophets who spoke daringly about the injustices and anomalies of his day in such a straightforward manner that he had to pay a heavy price of risking his own life unto death. In many ways, he represented a suffering prophet with full of pathos in his life situation because of his uncompromising words towards justice and peace for his nation. As a Yahwistic prophet, Jeremiah didn't spare anyone who violated the rights of the poor and oppressed.

The case of Jeremiah fits well with the Dalits liberation struggle in India, as the latter ventures into a dialogue with the biblical text in a manner that will release sufficient potential for their liberation. The pathos of Jeremiah also goes with the pathos of Dalits as they face different challenges to thwart the wicked schemes of their oppressors. Just like Jeremiah, Dalits are fighting against the institutional anomalies of injustice and corruption that works against the covenantal demands of the God of justice and equality. In this light, Jeremiah's concerns are very appropriate for Dalits to dialogue with the biblical text so that there will be a mutual benefit for both the dialogue partners.

Therefore, the book present messages of Jeremiah, relevant for Dalits in their present predicament. They can look into the inner dynamism with which Jeremiah preached the message of God to the rebellious society then in a very crucial and critical context. This eye opener is also meant for Christian Laity, Church Clergies, Students and Researchers, alike.




1. Introduction

2. Socio-Historical and Political Background of Jeremiah

3. God's Powerful Word through Jeremiah (1:1-19)

4. From Hope to Disaster in God's Word (2:1-3:5)

5. Return to God : There is Terror on Every Side of the Land (3:6-6:30)

6. Jeremiah's Temple Sermon (7:1-8:3)

7. No Balm in Gilead (8:4-10:25)

8. The Suspension of God's Covenant and The Confessions of Jeremiah (11:1-20:18)

9. The Way of Life and The Way of Death (21:1-25:38)

10. It is the Lord Who Sent Me (26:1-29:32)

11. Jeremiah's Book of Comfort : To Reconcile, Integrate and Build (30:1-33:26)

12. The Dishonorable Behavior of Judah (34:1-35:19)

13. The `Baruch's Document' (36:1-45:5)

14. Oracles Concerning the Nations (46:1-51:64)

15. Historical Conclusion with Hopeful Signs (52:1-34)

16. General Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

Glossary of Terms

Scripture Index

Rev. Dr. Kondasingu Jesurathnam is an ordained minister of Telugu Baptist Church. He earned his PhD in the field of Old Testament from the University of Edinburgh in the year 2006. In the recent past, he was the Dean of Postgraduate studies at the United Theological College and Secretary of the Society for Biblical Studies in India (SBSI). In the year 2014, he spent one year sabbatical as visiting Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, USA. Currently, he is the Professor of Old Testament at the United Theological College, Bangalore teaching in the Department of Biblical Studies.

Among many of his past and present publications include a book titled Dalit Liberative Hermeneutics: Indian Christian Dalit Interpretation of Psalm 22 (ISPCK, 2010). He has also contributed several scholarly articles to various academic journals and books. He cherishes life with his wife Beatrice Veena who is a school teacher and his son David Sunil Wesley Raju, an undergraduate student of commerce in Bangalore.

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