Week 8 – “Tyranny, Boundary, & Might” Liew

November 14, 2007

It’s interesting what some people see in scripture through the lens of their own experience. Of course we all do it. Liew brings to the text his background as a victim of British colonization of Hong Kong. Thus, he is more sensitive to language in scripture. One thing that struck me was his interpretation of Jesus’ family language: “Even if one understands [Jesus’ address to the disciples as] ‘children’ as a symbol for something else (like those who occupy a marginal position in society), infantilization is still an insulting form of patronization at best, and an extreme form of victimization at worst” (213). Jesus as insulting and patronizing…that’s a new concept for me. Again, I just think we need to be careful not to let the pendulum swing too far in the other direction when attempting to “correct” other views of the text.

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