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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament$
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Tat-siong Benny Liew

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831622

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831622.001.0001

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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics?

What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics?

Medi(t)ations on and for a Conversation

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(p.1) Chapter 1 What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics?
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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament
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Tat-siong Benny Liew

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831622.003.0001

This chapter discusses the nature and construction of Asian American theology—what is Asian American about that theology, and what makes this construction theological. In addition to dealing with the “who” and/or “what,” the chapter suggests how one can narrate Asian American biblical hermeneutics into legitimacy not through a narrative of identity or authenticity but through repeated references to existing biblical scholarship by Asian American scholars. However, no single strategy will be sufficient for all situations, since they do not remain static. Asian American identities and Asian American biblical hermeneutics are both processes of “becoming-being,” “being-becoming,” or in a word, performance. As performance, these processes get remade simultaneously, responding creatively to contingent and/or changing situations.

Keywords:   Asian American theology, biblical hermeneutics, theology, Asian American identity, Asian American scholars, biblical scholarship, becoming-being, being-becoming

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