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19-09-'11 | Ancient World Seminar | Jeremy Punt | Empire and New Testament Texts: Theorising the Imperial in Subversion and Attraction

Wanneer:ma 19-09-2011 16:15 - 17:30
Waar:zaal 130

Considering the overt or sublime connections which biblical scholars increasingly indicate between biblical texts and empires, this contribution engages the need for the theorisation of empire beyond material depiction. A suggested strategy is to deal with negotiating empire as constantly constructed entity, by both the powerful and the subjugated, while at the same time investigating concomitant responses related to stances of attraction to and subversion of empire. The discussion is primarily related to the 1st century CE context, arguing that postcolonial analysis provides a useful approach to deal with (at least, some of) the complexities of such research.

Jeremy Punt is Professor of  New Testament Studies at the theological faculty of the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). He completed his DTh at this university in 1999, and in the mean time took up a lectureship at the University of Fort Hare to teach Biblical Studies, Greek and Classical Culture in 1991. Before he went back to Stellenbosch in 2004, he got acquainted with the Netherlands during guest lectureships in 1995 and 2001. His research into the letters and communities of the apostle Paul is characterized by a combination of historical and sociological, especially post-colonial, approaches. He has also explored the role of the Bible in modern South Africa and in popular culture. At the moment Jeremy Punt is enjoying a research stay at the University of Münster supported by the Alexander-von-Humbold-Stiftung.

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