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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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Melancholia in Diaspora

Melancholia in Diaspora

Reading Paul’s Psycho-Political Operatives in 1 Corinthians

(p.98) Chapter 6 Melancholia in Diaspora
What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament

Tat-siong Benny Liew

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explains that the suggestion of St. Paul as a shaman, who negotiates between identities, knowledge, as well as body and spirit, leads to the multiple liminalities or inbetween-nesses associated with 1 Corinthians. This is especially important since abjection, with regards to Paul’s racialized and colonized body, is very much about “frontier.” According to Professor Karen Shimakawa, what distinguishes abjection from objectification or fetishization is precisely that dynamic relation between inside and outside. Liminality, therefore, not only aptly describes Asian Americans who are being racialized as “permanent houseguests in the house of America” but it has also been used by Asian American scholars as a lens to read and/or discuss readings of the Bible.

Keywords:   St. Paul, 1 Corinthians, liminality, abjection, Asian Americans, racialization, Karen Shimakawa

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