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Reconfiguring Jezebel: A Postcolonial Imbokodo1 Reading Of The Story Of Naboth’S Vineyard (I Kings 21:1–16)

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A postcolonial Imbokodo hermeneutics that is used in this chapter is a South African black woman's rendition of biblical interpretation in the post-apartheid era. Imbokodo is comprised of the following inter-related key tenets: keeping black women's memories alive through historical restitution, ethnicity and identity politics, black women's socio-economic and gender struggles, and land restitution. Jezebel, the daughter of the Sidonian King Ethbaal and the wife of King Ahab, son of Omri is the only Northern Israelite Queen/Queen Mother (I Kgs. 16:29-31). This chapter focuses on the role of Jezebel as Queen in the story of Naboth's vineyard (I Kgs 21:1-16). The ideologies of oppression and exploitation in the Queens and Queen Mother narratives impel postcolonial readers and those in solidarity with them to challenge the current neo-colonialist status quo and its beneficiaries.

Keywords: Jezebel; Naboth's vineyard; postcolonial Imbokodo reading; South African black woman



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