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Postcolonial Approaches Beyond Western Historical Critical Discourses

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This chapter investigates a metaphorical or dhvani interpretation of non-parabolic New Testament texts potentialities by attempting a dhvani interpretation of a Gospel miracle story. It attempts to unveil two basic presuppositions of postcolonial herme-neutics; the Bible is an imperial text, and it is also a text of resistance against imperialism. So we need to expose the deliberate imperial attempt in the Bible to make women invisible and voiceless. Also the politics of using women's body as object or property for the advantage of the imperial, male hierarchical powers as a sign of power and control needs to be exposed. The chapter analyzes the text from a postcolonial Dalit womanist perspective. This text underscores the postcolonial position that the Bible is an imperial text.

Keywords: Dalit womanist reading; imperial text; New Testament exegesis; postcolonial herme-neutics



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