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Discussion in 'General Theology' started by blackhole, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. blackhole

    blackhole Active Member

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    More specifically, I'm looking for Bible commentaries whose authors were not heavily influenced by the colonizers. Ancient texts will work, but they're not preferable.

    Suggestions?

    Note: Speaking of colonialism's influence, I'm including even modern societies which were heavily influenced by it. Put another way: Colonialism should not be in the lineage of the author's upbringing.
     
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  2. Tom 1

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    I'd suggest checking out the work of David Rosenberg and John Walton. They both delve a lot into the origins of the bible, the historical and literary context and so on.
     
  3. blackhole

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    I didn't look at Walton, but Rosenberg got his doctorate in the U.K., which is about as affected by the colonizers as one can be. Am I missing something?
     
  4. Tom 1

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    You might be? You can find out by reading his work.
     
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    ..............................
     
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  6. blackhole

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    Incredible derail attempt.
     
  7. JIMINZ

    JIMINZ Well-Known Member

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    Nevermind. :doh: :bow:
     
  8. GaveMeJoy

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    I have no idea and can’t help, but perhaps you could give an example of a major commentary that is influenced by colonialism and the particular related results in the commentary content?
     
  9. HTacianas

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    John Chrysostom.
     
  10. Athanasius377

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    What is an example of colonialism's influence on a biblical commentary?
     
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  11. Andrewn

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    Does colonialism include the Byzantine Empire? How about commentaries from the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East? I don't know of any. Otherwise, try OO commentaries.
     
  12. HTacianas

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    Then we have to ask if the Roman Empire is included in colonialism, which rules out the bible itself. :)

    I took the OP to mean European colonialization during the age of exploration.
     
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  13. Hazelelponi

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    This is whats confusing about the question as a whole, for even the Jews who were the disciples and apostles were affected by colonization... and the new testament in largest part is commentary on the old in the light of the Messiah...

    So you've nothing that's not in some form affected by colonization for even the old testament Jews were affected by time spent in Babylon etc.

    Being affected both negatively and positively by the culture around us is part of the human experience. Thing is, we can also see how we are transformed by Christ in that too.

    Like Paul washer once said:

    "Prior to the advent of Christianity, western culture meant we were a bunch of tribal people living in Northern Europe running around naked painting ourselves blue and eating one another. That's western culture. So what changed western culture? The advent of Christianity."
     
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  14. Daniel Marsh

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    There is a Translation Handbook series published by Bible Societies.
    UBS Translations | UBS Handbook Series
    UBS Handbook Series Old & New Testament Collection (55 vols.)
    • Matthew - Barclay M. Newman, Philip C. Stine (1988)
    • Mark - Robert G. Bratcher, Eugene A. Nida (1961)
    • Luke - J. Reiling, J. L. Swellengrebel (1971)
    • John - Barclay M. Newman, Eugene A. Nida (1980)
    • Acts - Barclay M. Newman, Eugene A. Nida (1972)
    • Romans - Barclay M. Newman, Eugene A. Nida (1973)
    • 1 Corinthians - Paul Ellingworth, Howard Hatton
    • 2 Corinthians - Roger L. Omanson, John Ellington
    • Galatians - Daniel C. Arichea, Jr. Eugene A. Nida (1976)
    • Ephesians - Robert G. Bratcher, Eugene A. Nida
    • Philippians - I-Jin Loh, Eugene A. Nida
    • Colossians & Philemon - Robert G. Bratcher, Eugene A. Nida
    • Thessalonians - Paul Ellingworth, Eugene A. Nida (1976)
    • 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus - Daniel C. Arichea, Howard A. Hatton (1995)
    • Hebrews - Paul Ellingworth, Eugene A. Nida (1983)
    • James - I-Jin Loh, Howard A. Hatton (1997)
    • 1 Peter - Daniel C. Arichea, Eugene A. Nida (1980)
    • Jude & 2 Peter - Daniel C. Arichea, Howard A. Hatton
    • 1, 2 & 3 John - C. Haas, M. deJonge, J. L. Swellengrebel (1972)
    • Revelation - Robert G. Bratcher, Howard A. Hatton (1993)
    https://www.amazon.com/Translators-Handbook-reference-conference-translation/dp/0271034270

    These are Missionary handbooks on translating from English or French to other languages.
     
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    Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization
    Edited by Steve Heinrichs; Illustrations by Jonathan Dyck
    Publisher: Mennonite Church Canada
    'Decolonization' collection stimulates new ways of thinking about the Bible – Anglican Journal

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/17431670X13A.0000000004

    contact
    Ward Graham

    Stellenbosch University. [email protected]

    Postcoloniality, Translation, and the Bible in Africa
    edited by Musa W. Dube, R. S. Wafula

    https://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/pubs/060813P.front.pdf
     
  16. Jipsah

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    Considering that pretty much everybody was a colonizer, or was colonized at some point, or both, I reckon you've ruled out every commentary ever written by a human being.
     
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  17. GaveMeJoy

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    Nailed it LOL this was my thought too (crying laughing face)
     
  18. Tolworth John

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    Why?
    In what way have you seen that being a cityzen of a country with a history of colonialism has affected there theology?
    Are you implying that all here have suspect beliefs about God because of our countries history?
     
  19. blackhole

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    OO?
     
  20. blackhole

    blackhole Active Member

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    You understood correctly. Of course other nations have colonized, but "colonialism" standardly refers to the period you spoke of.
     
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