RE: [John_Lit] Staley's Changing Woman and Postcolonialism
- Didn't know Jeff Staley was listening in.
I have been out of town for a few weeks, and am just getting back to look at
The question is whether postcolonialism is a historical anomaly of
postmodernism or whether the NT is a postcolonial text itself and so demands
a postcolonial interpretation.
I think it would be anachronistic to say that the NT is a postcolonial text.
However, I do believe it can be used in ways amenable to postcolonial
Jeff, could you let me know your e'mail address.
My home email address is: staleyjl@... I'd like to talk to you further
about Johannine issues and your dissertation topic.
- Jeff, I just finished reading your fine and thoughtful
article "Changing Woman: Postcolonial Reflections on
Before the Johannine delete this message, you should know that the starting
point for my analysis of Acts 16:6-40 was Musa Dube's Semeia 76 article
entitled "Reading for Decolonization (john 4:1-42)
I don't have access to a library these days, but I
recall reading of a story of one of Mani's followers
(or was it Mani himself?) having a vision of being
stopped from entering India by a goddess-like figure
until he had proven his worthiness by the greatness of
This is an interesting parallel! Wish I had it when I wrote the essay.
Anyone know the exact "Mani" reference Jeffery is referring to?
Or does it? If we wanted to deconstruct the
imperialistic hermeneutic of Paul's mission to
Jeffery, please send your Acts response to my home email (staleyj@...).
We'll talk about it "Offline" so to speak.
So ... how do we apply a postcolonialist analysis to
John? Who else is doing this, and what do they say?
A group of us are exploring this in a volume of collected essays on
postcolonialism and John for Sheffield Academic Press. It is envigorating,
exciting work, but will take some time to come to any consensus. By and
large, we do not start from any historicist assumption that the NT "is"
- Dear Jeff Staley,
About my citation:
> I don't have access to a library these days, but II have asked and received an answer from my friend
> recall reading of a story of one of Mani's followers
> (or was it Mani himself?) having a vision of being
> stopped from entering India by a goddess-like figure
> until he had proven his worthiness by the greatness
> his wisdom.
> This is an interesting parallel! Wish I had it when
> I wrote the essay.
> Anyone know the exact "Mani" reference Jeffery is
> referring to?
Samuel Lieu and am posting it on the Johannine
listserve as well in case anybody else is interested:
The story is about Mar Ammo at the gates of Kushan. It
comes from the famous Manichaean manuscript M2 and is
in Middle Persian. It can be found in translation in
Klimkeit, Gnosis on the Silk Road, p. 204.
As you see, it was a follower of Mani rather than Mani
Hope that this helps,
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