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Onesimus Our Brother Reading, Religion, Race, and Slavery in Philemon

ISBN-10: 0800663411
ISBN-13: 9780800663414
Edition: 2012
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Description: Philemon is as important a letter from an African American perspective as Romans or Galatians have proven to be in Eurocentric interpretation. Here the editors gather critical essays by a constellation of African American and other scholars,  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Philemon is as important a letter from an African American perspective as Romans or Galatians have proven to be in Eurocentric interpretation. Here the editors gather critical essays by a constellation of African American and other scholars, highlighting the latest in interpretive methods and troubling scholarly waters, interacting with the legacies of Hegel, Freud, Habermas, Ricoeur, and James C. Scott as well as the historical experience of African American communities. Onesimus Our Brother opens surprising new vistas on Paul's shortest and, in some ways, most troubling letter.

SUSANNE C.nbsp;PUISSANT received her first degree of English, Theology and French at the Eberhard-Karls-Universitt Tbingen, Germany. From 2004-2007 she held a scholarship at Jacobs University, Bremen where she completed her PhD in Literature in 2007 and taught various courses. She now works as a teacher of English at a grammar school in Germany.JAMES A. NOELnbsp;is Associate Professor of American Religion at San Francisco Theological Seminary, USA.

Contribution
Introduction: Paul's Relevance Today
Traditional Biblical Criticism
The Reorientation of Reader Perspectives: Reading "from the Margins"
Origins of the Present Volume
Overview of the Volume
"No Longer as a Slave": Reading the Interpretation
History of Paul's Epistle to Philemon
Overview and Approach: An Ideological Optic/Option
Reading Philemon from the Early Church to the Reformation
Reading Philemon in the Modern Era
Newer Readings of Philemon from the Margins
Utility, Fraternity, and Reconciliation:
Ancient Slavery as a Context for the Return of Onesimus
From Useless to Useful: Slave Productivity
I Am My Brother's Keeper: Familial Slavery and Fictive Kinship
Fugitive Slaves and Reconciliation
Conclusion
Nat Is Back: The Return of the Re/Oppressed in Philemon
Slavery in the Greco-Roman World
Slavery in Paul's Letters
The Occasion of Philemon
Dred Scott
American Slavery and the Legal Construction of Race
White Supremacist Religious Discourse
Turning Again to the Mis-Reading of Paul and the Gospels
Taney's Freudian Slip
Nat Turner's Voluntary Return
Nat Is Back in the Repressed
Conclusion
Onesimus Speaks: Diagnosing the Hys/Terror of the Text
Missing the Mark
Contra Paul
The Hys/Terror of the Text
"Ain't You Marster?": Interrogating Slavery and Gender in Philemon
Philemon Today
Dutchman
The Drinking Gourd
ABlack Woman Speaks
Banished
Traces of the Trade
Philemon Meets Onesimus
Enslaved by the Text: The Uses of Philemon
Exegetical Background
Homiletic Middle Ground
Abolitionist Common Ground
Legal Ground
Slave "Black"-Ground
Stereotypic Foreground
Erotic Underground
Ground Cover
Groundwork
Grunt Work
"Brother Saul": An Ambivalent Witness to Freedom
Apostle of Freedom?
Freedom for Women
Hearing Paul Correctively
Paul and Jesus
Paul and Black Theology
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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