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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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Telling Times in (Asian) America

Telling Times in (Asian) America

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(p.134) Chapter 8 Telling Times in (Asian) America
What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament

Tat-siong Benny Liew

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter aims to investigate how the interjections and interruptions from ancient apocalyptic traditions interact with the present of an “intrusive” and alien-ated (Asian) America, focusing primarily on the apocalyptic tradition that grows out of the book of Revelation in the New Testament. The chapter takes this approach for two reasons. First, it dismisses the notion that an origin—in this case, the book of Revelation—had an essence that, once identified, could dictate everything that comes afterward. The second reason concerns the issue of what is considered to be “appropriate” or “inappropriate” subject matter in the field of biblical studies. In this way, the chapter extends the scope of the biblical studies field to include the function of biblical texts in the wider world of literature and culture.

Keywords:   ancient apocalyptic traditions, book of Revelation, New Testament, Asian America, alienation, biblical studies, biblical texts

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