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Habitats of the Basileia brings together some of the current and important work in biblical studies and theology, which takes seriously the demands and possibilities of applying contextual, feminist, decolonial, and ecological approaches to the critical study of the Bible and religion. The volume is inspired by the engaging work of Elaine M. Wainwright RSM; and invites us to imagine what thriving conditions and communities of the human and more-than-human might look like across multiple contexts.

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Habitats of the Basileia brings together some of the current and important work in biblical studies and theology, which takes seriously the demands and possibilities of applying contextual, feminist, decolonial, and ecological approaches to the critical study of the Bible and religion. The volume is inspired by the engaging work of Elaine M. Wainwright RSM; and invites us to imagine what thriving conditions and communities of the human and more-than-human might look like across multiple contexts.

– What did it mean for those living in biblical times, or for the early Jesus movement who proclaimed an alternative basileia or kingdom against the backdrop of Roman imperial power?
What does it mean for various communities today, as we seek to understand and re-imagine what thriving conditions might look like in our own complex and often rapidly changing environments?

Written by a diverse range of biblical, theological, and religious studies scholars, the chapters in this volume collectively argue for and demonstrate the importance of context and being attuned to social location in the production of biblical and theological scholarship.

The essays are divided into three categories: the first seven chapters deal with the Gospel of Matthew, given the importance of this book to Elaine’s work. The next nine chapters explore biblical texts beyond Matthew through various lenses including those of gender, colonialism, the environment, animal studies, contextual hermeneutics, and class. The final three chapters are concerned with the legacies of both Elaine’s lifework and the broader avenues in current biblical research that have been nurtured and influenced through her efforts.



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Table of Contents

Toward an Introduction
Robert J. Myles, Caroline Blyth, Emily Colgan

Habitats of Matthew

1. The Matthaean Theme of Withdrawing from Confrontation
(ἀναχωρέω) in Dialogue with the Wisdom of First Peoples
in Australia
Vicky Balabanski

2. (Not) Swearing Oaths and Negotiating Imperial Power?
Matthew 5.33-37
 Warren Carter

3. When Masters Lie Down with Dogs: Being Church
in a Post-Secular Society
 Anita Monro

4. The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven: Inner Texture
Analysis of Matthew 18.1-5
 Carlos Olivares

5. ‘The Lord Needs Them’ (Matthew 21.3): The Gospel
of Matthew’s Beasts and Sovereign Christ 
Tat-siong Benny Liew

6. Glimmers of Light beyond Closed Doors: A Feminist
Exploration of the Parable of the Ten Virgins
in Matthew 25.1-13 
Barbara E. Reid, O.P.

Habitats beyond Matthew

 7. Beyond the Paradigm of Stewardship: Making Right
Relationship Happen with God, People and Earth
 Kathleen P. Rushton

 8. Introducing Decolonizing Hermeneutics in Australia 
Norman Habel and Anne Pattel-Gray

 9. The Wisdom of the Ostrich (Job 39.13-18)
James E. Harding

10. A Land of Deep Darkness: An Eco-Rhetorical Reading
of Jer. 2.1-9 and its Colonial Reverberations
 Emily Colgan

11. The Young Man and the Sea: Reconceiving Ancient
Water Resources 
Alan H. Cadwallader

12. Thinking the Divine Animal? A Braided Reading
of Luke 2.7 
Anne Elvey

13. Feeding 5,000 in the Slums of Bethsaida (Luke 9.10-17) 
Robert J. Myles

14. ‘Giving her All’: An Ecological Feminist Reading
of Luke 21.1-4
Elizabeth Dowling and Veronica Lawson

15. ‘The Place that Men Call Paradise’: Emily Dickinson’s
Earthly Engagement with the Apostle Paul 
 Caroline Blyth

Legacies

16. Moana Hermeneutics: Charting a Niu Direction 
Nāsili Vaka’uta

17. Professor Elaine Wainwright’s Silasila Mamao (Watching
from a Distance) and Matthew 27.55-56: Biblical Studies
and Women in the Samoan Christian World
 Vaitusi Nofoaiga

18. SeaChanges: Creating and Sustaining a Community
of Women Scholars of Feminism, Religion and Theology
in the Pacific, 1990–2016
 Kathleen McPhillips

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Book information

Editors
Robert J. Myles, Caroline Blyth and Emily Colgan
List Price
£65 / $85 / €72
Series
New Testament Monographs, 46
Scholars' Price
£32.50 / $42.50 / €36
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-914490-39-2
Format
Hardback
Page Extent
xxvi + 256
Publication Date
31/01/2024
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