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The current situation in postcolonial biblical scholarship is complex, sometimes even contradictory, and often hard to grasp. There seems to be little consensus theoretically, methodologically, and terminologically. To what do we refer when we speak of postcolonial New Testament interpretation? What are the cohesive forces keeping the field together, making it possible to identify specific scholarly interpretations as postcolonial? This introductory chapter of the book aims to bring clarity to these questions, and suggests a frame within which to understand this new and growing academic field, and exemplify interpretive mechanisms and methodologies by including a selection of postcolonial studies focusing on specific New Testament passages.

Keywords: New Testament interpretation; postcolonial biblical scholarship



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