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Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania
edited by Jione Havea, David J. Neville and Elaine M. Wainwright
SBL Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-1-58983-957-1 | Cloth: 978-1-58983-956-4 | Paper: 978-1-58983-955-7
Library of Congress Classification BS511.3.B523 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 220.60995


Engaging voices crossing textual limits, race, and ethnic lines

In this collection of essays, scholars from Oceania open a new dialog regarding the vast, complex, and slippery nature of the Bible and the fluid meanings of borders and belongings. From belonging in a place, a group, or movement to belongings as material and cultural possessions, from borders of a text, discipline, or thought to borders of nations, communities, or bodies, the authors follow the currents of Oceania to the shores of Asia and beyond. Scholars contributing essays include Jeffrey W. Aernie, Merilyn Clark, Jione Havea, Gregory C. Jenks, Jeanette Mathews, Judith E. McKinlay, Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon, David J. Neville, John Painter, Kathleen P. Rushton, Ruth Sheridan, Nasili Vaka‘uta, and Elaine M. Wainwright. Michele A. Connolly, David M. Gunn, and Mark G. Brett provide responses to the essays.


  • Discussion of the impacts of natural disasters and political and ecological upheavals on biblical interpretation and theological reflection

  • Fourteen essays on texts in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament

  • Three responses to the essays provide a range of views on the topics

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