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Summary And Conclusion: Postcolonialism And The Search For "Authentic Exegesis"

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This chapter attempts to do three things, namely: 1) to locate theoretically postcolonial New Testament exegesis; 2) to present, categorise, and discuss the postcolonial critique of traditional Western historical critical discourse, and 3) to present, categorise, and discuss constructive postcolonial perspectives and methodological contributions. The first task was achieved through adopting and adapting Foucault's theory of episteme in the analysis of different perceptions of reality and the relationship between different methodological discourses. The second task of this work, the presentation, categorisation, and discussion of postcolonial deconstruction of Western exegesis, began with an attempt to define exegesis in its historical context. The third task of categorising, presenting and discussing constructive postcolonial contributions to New Testament exegesis led to a need to think again about what 'exegesis' means, as well as to define 'perspective' (primary and secondary), and 'method,' and the relation between these concepts.

Keywords: exegesis; New Testament; postcolonialism



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