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Political Trauma and Healing
Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World
PAPERBACK; Published: 7/14/2016
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7307-1
256 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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How can Scripture address the crucial justice issues of our time? In this book Mark Brett offers a careful reading of biblical texts that speak to such pressing public issues as the legacies of colonialism, the demands of asylum seekers, the challenges of climate change, and the shaping of redemptive economies.

Brett argues that the Hebrew Bible can be read as a series of reflections on political trauma and healing — the long saga of successive ancient empires violently asserting their sovereignty over Israel and of the Israelites forced to live out new pathways toward restoration. Brett retrieves the prophetic voice of Scripture and applies it to our contemporary world, addressing current justice issues in a relevant, constructive, compelling manner.
Walter Brueggemann
— Columbia Theological Seminary
"Mark Brett addresses himself to the tricky, complex work of restorative justice that is to be accomplished through dialogic engagement. He brings to this task immense learning and personal engagement; the realities of colonial history and the prospect of postcolonial well-being permeate his study. This work is nothing less than a tour de force."
M. Daniel Carroll R.
— Wheaton College
"In impressive interdisciplinary fashion, Brett argues that the Christian Scripture can constructively engage today's postcolonial and ecological realities. The Priestly tradition and other like-minded imaginaries, he contends, reflect an anti-imperial perspective among the diverse voices within the Hebrew Bible and provide faith communities with the theological tools for humble participation in the public square. Some may not agree with aspects of Brett's biblical reconstruction, but none can ignore his weighty call to deal responsibly with Christendom's colonial legacy and to offer a different way forward. A remarkable work!"