Week 8 – “Mark & Empire” Moore

November 14, 2007

Maybe I’m just too conservative in my understanding of scripture for the readings in this class, but I’m starting to get a little frustrated with the lengths to which some authors go to extract their agendas from the text. Moore writes, “Practices of reading acutely attuned to such complexities are a signal feature of contemporary postcolonial theory, and not the least of its benefits for the biblical critic” (197). It’s true that if you read the text with a postcolonial lens, you see postcolonial issues. But with that argument, you can see anything in the text if you look hard enough. That’s why proof-texting is inadequate for valid argument. I just think we need to be careful not to be so eager to push our own agendas that we miss what’s important about the text.

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