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The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul

by Marchal, Joseph A.

Fortress Press 2008

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Overview

In this provocative study, Joseph A. Marchal argues that biblical interpretation, but most especially Pauline studies, must engage the full range of critical challenges brought by feminist studies, postcolonial studies, and Roman imperial studies. A feminist, postcolonial analysis requires negotiating the gaps, overlaps, and tensions between these three "strands" by adopting an explicitly multi-axial focus and an interdisciplinary methodology. Using Philippians as a test case, the analysis covers issues of both ancient and contemporary import: from imitation and authority to travel and contact. As a result, Marchal provides strikingly new perspectives on Paul's letters and fresh challenges to the paradigms of Pauline interpretation.

Key Features

  • Bibliographical references
  • Notes and indexes

Praise for the Print Edition

In The Politics of Heaven, Joseph Marchal skillfully engages feminist and postcolonial analysis in order to explore the rhetorics of Paul's letter to the Philippians in its Roman imperial context. He develops a tightly crafted, multifaceted, and nuanced approach to the 'colonized kyriarchal space' of both the letter and the reader. This book is a fresh contribution to a new evolving rhetorical paradigm in scholarship on Paul. It is a must read for anyone in Pauline studies, and I highly recommend it to students and faculty alike.

—Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor, Harvard Divinity School

Product Details

  • Title: The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul
  • Author: Joseph A. Marchal
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 256

About Joseph A. Marchal

Joseph A. Marchal is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College and the author of numerous articles and papers in feminist and postcolonial interpretation.

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