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T&t Clark Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics


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Abbreviations Contributors Introduction to the Handbook - Uriah Y. Kim and Seung Ai Yang Part One Contexts 1 The Complex Heterogeneity of Asian American Identity - Tamara C. Ho 2 Familism, Racialization, and Other Key Factors Shaping Chinese American Perspectives - Russell Jeung 3 Filipinos in America: A Cartography of Diasporic Identities - Lester Edwin J. Ruiz 4 One Long Labor: Toward an Indian American Interreligious Consciousness - Jaisy A. Joseph and Khyati Y. Joshi 5 Of Mythologies, Wars, Exodus, and Adaptations: A Brief Account of a People Called Vi?t M? (Vietnamese Americans) - Mai-Anh Le Tran 6 The Biblical Hermeneutics: A Korean American Case - Jung Ha Kim 7 Japanese American Journeys of Remembrance, Identity, and Solidarity - Joanne Doi Part Two Methods 8 Historical Criticism - Mary F. Foskett 9 Social Science Criticism and Its Relevance for Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics - D. N. Premnath 10 Asian American Literary Criticism - Jin Young Choi 11 Critical Methods and Critiques: Theological Interpretation - Bo H. Lim 12 Feminist Critical Theory and Asian American Feminist Biblical Interpretation - Seung Ai Yang 13 Toward an Asian North American Liberationist Hermeneutics - Julius-Kei Kato 14 More Than an Interpretation from a Different Perspective: A Postcolonial Reading from a Different Epistemological (Back)Ground - Uriah Y. Kim 15 Queer Hermeneutics: Queering Asian American Identities and Biblical Interpretation - Dong Sung Kim Part Three Texts 16 The Exile of Cain and the Destiny of Humankind: Punishment and Protection - Hemchand Gossai 17 Women in Exodus and Asian Immigrant Women: Asian Female Immigrants' Bible Reading Strategy on Exodus 1-4 - Esther HaeJin Park 18 Zelophehad's Daughters as Lienu (Exemplary Women): Reading Num. 27:1-11 and 36:1-12 in the Discursive Context of Confucianism - Sonia Kwok Wong 19 Saul's Question and the Question of Saul: A Deconstructive Reading of the Story of Endor in 1 Sam. 28:3-25 - Suzie Park 20 A Heart That Listens (1 Kings 3) - Jin H. Han 21 Of Foreigners and Eunuchs: An Asian American Reading of Isa. 56:1-8 - Gale A. Yee 22 Conceptual Blending in Joel 2:1-11: God's Apocalyptic Storm-locust-warriors - Kevin Chau 23 Narrative of Jonah in Four Acts - Rajkumar Boaz Johnson 24 Reading Job as a Chinese Diasporian - Chloe Sun 25 Engaging Ecclesiastes Narrativally and Polyphonically with a Chinese Lens: Traditional Wisdom and "Collective Lived Experience under the Sun" in Dialogue - Barbara M. Leung Lai 26 Made in Babylon: Daniel 1 - John Ahn 27 Incising, Inscribing, and Concretizing Identity: Reading 1 Maccabees and Japanese Americans in Hawai`i - Henry W. Morisada Rietz 28 Filial Piety and Radical Discipleship in Matthew - Diane G. Chen 29 The Absent Body and Postcolonial Melancholia (Mk 14:3-9) - Jin Young Choi 30 Privilege and Solidarity in Asian American Context (Lk. 14:15-24) - Raj Nadella 31 God's Love, Christ's Cross, or Human Faith? Interpretations of Jn 3:16 in Ethnic Chinese American Churches - John Y. H. Yieh 32 Lost and Silenced in Translation: Reading Pauline Discourse on Language in 1 Cor. 14 from an Asian American Perspective - Ekaputra Tupamahu 33 "My Story" in Intersection with Gal. 3: 26-28: An Indian-Dalit Feminist Interpretation - Surekha Nelavala 34 Imagined Nations, Real Women: Politics of Culture and Women's Bodies. A Postcolonial, Feminist, and Indo-Western Interpretation of 1 Tim. 2:8-15 - Sharon Jacob 35 Always Ethnic, Never "American": Reading 1 Peter through the Lens of the "Perpetual Foreigner" Stereotype - Janette H. Ok 36 The Practice of Hospitality in Early Christianity: Reading 2 John and 3 John from a Vietnamese American Perspective - Toan Do 37 Revelation from the Margins: A Vietnamese American Perspective - vanThanh Nguy?n Bibliography Subject Index Ancient Index

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An overview of the socio-cultural contexts from which Asian Americans read the Bible, and a critical examination of traditional biblical methods of interpretation from Asian American perspectives.

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Uriah Y. Kim is Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs and John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies, at Graduate Theological Union, USA. Seung Ai Yang is Associate Professor of New Testament, Chicago Theological Seminary, USA.


Uriah Kim and Seung Ai Yang have made a very significant contribution to the field of Asian American biblical hermeneutics through the publication of this volume, which represents the diversity of contexts and methods in the reading of texts. The diverse, rich, and sophisticated essays in the volume seek to showcase the field coming to maturity. It is a more than worthy sequel to Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation! * Jeffrey Kuan, Claremont School of Theology, USA *
This volume persuasively captures the complex histories, interpretative strategies and methodological approaches of Asian American hermeneutics, a late but creative and compelling entrant to biblical studies. The range and breadth of the essays are extremely diverse, detailed and authoritative, filled with revealing exegetical observations based on the profoundly complicated contexts of the essayists. This enthralling compilation simultaneously urges mainstream scholars to look closely and appreciate what they have often overlooked, and compatriots in Asia to take notice of the convoluted negotiating process that those who leave the continent and settle away from home must endure. A significant addition to, and a shining example of, the already spectacular canon of minority hermeneutics. * R.S.Sugirtharajah, University of Birmingham, UK *
In this valuable compendium, some of the most important Asian American scholars have answers for all parties interested in the hows and whys of interpretation; by their very presence, they show the falsehood of the myth that interpretive truth was discovered beginning with Schleiermacher and proceeding through a succession of white European and American scholars. With so intense a pitch of hermeneutical insight and so broad a range of front-line scholars, this handbook demonstrates that any account of hermeneutics that does not acknowledge the work of the many Asian American interpreters who contribute - both to this volume and to the biblical academy - is but the ghost of a fuller, richer, more candid and deeper hermeneutical discourse. * Andrew Adam, University of Oxford, UK *
Written by both established and emerging scholars, this handbook shows how the Bible is interpreted among diverse Asian American ethnic groups. It challenges us to rethink the methods and scope of biblical interpretation in mainstream scholarship. It will be a most useful reference for years to come; I highly recommend it. * Kwok Pui-lan, Emory University, USA, author of Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology *
This monumental work is a treasure-trove, offering rich descriptions of Asian American contexts, insightful analyses of critical biblical and hermeneutical methods from Asian American perspectives, and new understandings of select biblical texts. Written in a way that is accessible to the non-specialist, this volume is a must-read for any serious student or teacher of the Bible. * Barbara E. Reid, Catholic Theological Union, USA *

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