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Onesimus, our brother : reading religion, race, and culture in Philemon

Author: Matthew V Johnson; James A Noel; Demetrius K Williams
Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, ©2012.
Series: Paul in critical contexts.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Philemon is the shortest letter in the Pauline collection, yet--because it has to do with a slave separated from his master--it has played an inordinate role in the toxic brew of slavery and racism in the United States. In Onesimus Our Brother, leading African American biblical scholars tease out the often unconscious assumptions about religion, race, and culture that permeate contemporary interpretation of the New  Read more...
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Named Person: Paulus, Apostel
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew V Johnson; James A Noel; Demetrius K Williams
ISBN: 9780800663414 0800663411
OCLC Number: 233543753
Description: vii, 175 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Paul's relevance today --
"No longer as a slave" : reading the interpretation history of Paul's epistle to Philemon / Demetrius K. Williams --
Utility, fraternity, and reconciliation : ancient slavery as a context for the return of Onesimus / Mitzi J. Smith --
Nat is back : the return of the re/oppressed in Philemon / James A. Noel --
Onesimus speaks : diagnosing the hys/terror of the text / Matthew V. Johnson --
"Ain't you marster?" : interrogating slavery and gender in Philemon / Margaret B. Wilkerson --
Enslaved by the text : the uses of Philemon / James W. Perkinson --
"Brother Saul" : an ambivalent witness to freedom / Allen Dwight Callahan.
Series Title: Paul in critical contexts.
Responsibility: Matthew V. Johnson, James A. Noel, and Demetrius K. Williams, editors.

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"Philemon is the shortest letter in the Pauline collection, yet--because it has to do with a slave separated from his master--it has played an inordinate role in the toxic brew of slavery and racism in the United States. In Onesimus Our Brother, leading African American biblical scholars tease out the often unconscious assumptions about religion, race, and culture that permeate contemporary interpretation of the New Testament and of Paul in particular. The editors argue that Philemon is as important a letter from an African American perspective as Romans or Galatians have proven to be in Eurocentric interpretation. The essays gathered here continue to trouble scholarly waters, interacting with the legacies of Hegel, Freud, Habermas, Ricoeur, and James C. Scott, as well as the historical experience of African American communities"--From publisher description.
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