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Reconstructing Old Testament Theology: After the Collapse of History (Overtures to Biblical Theology) [Paperback]

By Leo G. Perdue (Author)
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In this informative and keen look at contemporary trends in Old Testament theology, Perdue builds on his earlier volume The Collapse of History (1994). He investigates how a variety of perspectives and methodologies have impacted how the Old Testament is read in the twenty-first century including: literary criticism; rhetorical criticism, feminist, womanist, and mujerista theologies, liberation theology; Jewish theology; postmodernism; and postcolonialism. Perdue provides a sensitive reading of the aims of these approaches as well as providing critique and setting them in their various cultural contexts. In his conclusion, the author provides a look at the future and how these various voices and approaches will continue to impact how we carry out Old Testament theology.

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In this informative and keen look at contemporary trends in Old Testament theology, Perdue builds on his earlier volume The Collapse of History (1994). He investigates how a variety of perspectives and methodologies have impacted how the Old Testament is read in the twenty-first century including: literary criticism; rhetorical criticism, feminist, womanist, and mujerista theologies, liberation theology; Jewish theology; postmodernism; and postcolonialism. Perdue provides a sensitive reading of the aims of these approaches as well as providing critique and setting them in their various cultural contexts. In his conclusion, the author provides a look at the future and how these various voices and approaches will continue to impact how we carry out Old Testament theology.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   399
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series  Overtures To Biblical Theology  
ISBN  080063716X  
ISBN13  9780800637163  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leo G. Perdue is President and Professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. He is the author of six books including most recently Proverbs (2000), the editor of ten collections, and has published more than 40 essays and journal articles.

Leo G. Perdue has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Blackwell Companions to Religion
  2. Family, Religion, and Culture
  3. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  4. Library of Biblical Theology
  5. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
  6. Overtures to Biblical Theology
  7. Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study


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An Introduction to and Survey of Liberation and "Old Testament" Theology  Nov 7, 2009
At long last, after a century of Positivist, Romanticist, Fideist, tendentious, question-begging, elitist, white, male, Western, Protestant structures, paradigms, and perspectives of "OT Theology," there is a book that swings wide the door to the present state of the discipline. This is a book to read if you'd like to move beyond 1980 and straight on into the 21st Century of theological scholarship on the Hebraic texts of the Jewish and Christian canons. No longer is the theology of Hebraic texts a Christian-only discipline. No longer is one particular canon being favored above all others or the value of extra-canonical texts brushed aside. No longer is an ancient and foreign history the definitive question and the only relevant answer. No longer are alternate voices, concerns, and perspectives dismissed from participation, silenced, or rejected. Scholarship is now moving beyond the tired old boundaries of descriptivism, exclusivism, and consensus as it has come to realize that all knowledge is situational and contextual--shaped within and by individual perspective, preference, culture, and context--and that a religious text which cannot speak towards vital concerns of today such as ethnic or sexual identity, social justice, and oppression are dead and powerless, serving only as a window onto a past reality instead of a vehicle for change in the present. And this is one of the few books on the theology of the "OT" that takes all that seriously. Whereas there are at present many new avenues from which to pursue an "OT theology," such as the explosion in literary and sociological criticisms, this book focuses particularly on that which falls under the category of "liberation" theology. It seeks to give voice to various perspectives that have historically been left outside the discipline or trodden beneath the heel of imperialism such as Latino and Latina theology, Jewish theology, African-American theology, Asian theology, Feminist theology, and Indian theology. In addition, there are extensive discussions and explorations of both Postmodern and Postcolonial theology. In many cases, sections of a chapter on a particular sort of theology are actually written by those who hold the theologies under consideration, thus allowing these voices to speak for themselves instead of being subordinated by the author's own particular understanding and bias.

In one case, however, I felt the book failed rather strongly in its presentation and analysis: Postmodern theology. While the author is right about many of the strengths and weaknesses of Postmodern theology, there was not enough interaction with actual Postmodern theologies or theologians and an exceeding abundance of negative criticism directed at the less erudite or extremist minority. Most critically, however, it seemed as if the author didn't actually understand Postmodern theology (something that is virtually admitted at numerous points). Here, rather, is one standing at the Modernist end of the spectrum trying to figure out the what and why of the one on the other side without actually crossing over and peering out from that vantage point. Far too often, what Perdue sees as nihilism or loss of identity and meaning is the very opposite within the framework of Postmodernism.
 

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