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Sugirtharajah, R. S. (Rasiah S.)

Works: 66 works in 307 publications in 3 languages and 11,215 library holdings
Genres: Comparative studies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Reference works  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Director
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Most widely held works about R. S Sugirtharajah
Most widely held works by R. S Sugirtharajah
The Bible and the Third World : precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial encounters by R. S Sugirtharajah( )

17 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is the first attempt at a comprehensive history of how the Bible has fared in the Third World, from precolonial days to the postcolonial period. It closely examines the works of biblical interpreters from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America, bringing to the fore the obscure as well as the better-known interpretations, and investigating the Bible's reclamation by indigenous peoples in the postcolonial world. The volume will be an invaluable guide to anyone interested in learning about the impact of the Bible on non-Western cultures
A postcolonial commentary on the New Testament writings by Fernando F Segovia( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive analysis of the New Testament from the perspective of postcolonial criticism, this title enables readers to relate biblical texts more sharply to the perennial geopolitical issues of imperialism and colonialism
The Bible and Asia : from the pre-Christian era to the postcolonial age by R. S Sugirtharajah( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though the Bible is a product of West Asia, its influence on Europe and the Americas has received far more attention than its complex career in the East. R.S. Sugirtharajah corrects this imbalance with an expansive new study of Asia's subversive and idiosyncratic relationship with the Bible. This is the story of missionaries, imperialists, exegetes, reformers, and nationalists who molded Biblical texts according to their own needs in order to influence religion, politics, and daily life from India to China. When the Bible reached east and south Asia in the third century CE, its Christian scriptures already bore traces of Asian commodities and Indian moral stories. In China, the Bible merged with the teachings of Buddha and Lao Tzu to produce the Jesus Sutras. As he recounts the history of how Christianity was influenced by other Asian religions, Sugirtharajah deftly highlights the controversial issue of Buddhist and Vedic influence on Biblical religion. Once used to justify European rule in Asia, the Bible has also served to promote the spiritual salvation of women, outcasts, and untouchables. The Bible has left a literary mark on Asia in two ways: through its influence on Asian writers and through the reinvigoration of modern Asian vernaculars when proselytizing missionaries introduced Western print culture to the East
Voices from the margin : interpreting the Bible in the Third World by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

37 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This substantially revised edition of Voices from the Margin includes fifteen important new articles that have appeared since the first edition was published in 1991. In 1992 the book won the Catholic Book Award for Scripture. It is now widely recognized as an essential resource for all who wish to keep abreast of the most exciting and far-reaching insights that scholars from the Third World are contributing to the task of biblical interpretation
The Bible and empire : postcolonial explorations by R. S Sugirtharajah( )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time of renewed interest in Empire, this stimulating volume explores the complex relationship between the Bible and the colonial enterprise, and examines some overlooked aspects of this relationship. These include unconventional retellings of the gospel story of Jesus by Thomas Jefferson and Raja Rammohun Roy; the fate of biblical texts when marshalled by Victorian preachers to strengthen British imperial intentions after the India uprising of 1857; the cultural-political use of the Christian Old Testament, first by the invaders to attack temple practices and rituals, then by the invaded to endorse the temple heritage scorned by missionaries; the dissident hermeneutics of James Long and William Colenso confronting and compromising with colonial ambitions; and finally the subtly seditious deployment of biblical citations in two colonial novels. This innovative book offers both practical and theoretical insights and provides compelling evidence of the continuing importance of postcolonial discourse for biblical studies
Dictionary of Third World theologies( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This reference work makes available in one volume the breadth and richness of the theological contributions of the peoples of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Pacific, and the minority and indigenous peoples of the world. Entries show how theology from the non-Western world has changed the language and contours of contemporary theology." "The editors commissioned theologians from the Third World to write more than 150 entries on themes from Christian theology and religious studies, including spiritualities, cultural and social issues, biblical interpretation, and theological categories. The entries are inclusive of geographical, cultural, and denominational/confessional variations and the contributors include members of the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and Mar Thoma (India) churches." "Contributors include Gustavo Gutierrez, Chung Hyun Kyung, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Masao Takenaka, Elsa Tamez, Fernando Segovia, Virgilio Elizondo, Laurenti Magesa, Roberto Goizueta, Aloysius Pieris, Leonardo Boff, Ivone Gebara, Maria Pilar Aquino, Clodovis Boff, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Tissa Balasuriya, Eleazar Fernandez and James H. Cone, among many others."--Jacket
Asian faces of Jesus by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Indonesian and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Jesus was born in the western part of Asia, it was not until fifteen hundred years later that Asia experienced the full impact of Jesus' personality and teaching. Western missionaries, the primary transmitters of Christianity, left behind a Western understanding of Jesus. Today, Asians are seeking the face of the original Jesus - his Asian face. For them, all understanding of Jesus arise out of their particular contextual needs. Enriching the Western understanding of Jesus, Asians employ new interpretative resources, cultural symbols, and thought patterns as they make sense of Jesus for their own time and place
The postcolonial Biblical reader by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This wide-ranging reader provides an extensive survey of the interaction between postcolonial criticism and biblical studies. The readings illustrate the relevance of postcolonial criticism to biblical studies. They examine how various past empires such as those of Persia and Rome affected the narratives of the Bible, how different biblical writers handled the challenges of empire, and show how such modern empires as those of Britain, Russia, and America have affected interpretation. They also include illuminating examples of the practical application of postcolonial criticism to biblical texts, and explore major preoccupations of post colonialism, such as migration, representation, and the politics of translation. The volume will be essential reading for those interested in the contemporary debate surrounding the Bible and critical theory, and for those interested in empire
Exploring postcolonial biblical criticism : history, method, practice by R. S Sugirtharajah( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: History, Method, Practice offers a concise and multifaceted overview of the origins, development, and application of postcolonial criticism to biblical studies.? Offers a concise and accessible introduction to postcolonial biblical studiesProvides a comprehensive overview of postcolonial studies by one of the field's most prominent figuresExplains one of the most innovative and important developments in modern biblical studiesAccessible enough to appeal to general readers interested in religion
Postcolonial criticism and biblical interpretation by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This stimulating study explores the implications of postcolonial criticism for biblical studies. Sugirtharajah provides a comprehensive overview of the origins, definitions, and procedures of postcolonial criticism, followed by a discussion of its significance in biblical interpretation. He reveals how postcolonial criticism can offer new perspectives to our understanding of the Bible and of how Western Imperialism has shaped Christianity. -- PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION
Asian biblical hermeneutics and postcolonialism : contesting the interpretations by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

R.S. Sugirtharajah takes up the theory of postcolonialism as a way of looking at biblical interpretative practices in the Asian context. Postcolonialism is a discourse of resistance that tries to "write back" and work against colonial assumptions and ideologies. Long established in cultural studies, this is the first work to apply postcolonial theory to biblical interpretation. Sugirtharajah provides examples of how Asian Christians have used both indigenous and western critical methods to liberate the texts, and highlights the liberating potential of other sacred texts of Asia to meet the pressing problems of the continent
Frontiers in Asian Christian theology : emerging trends( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus in Asia by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructions of Jesus occurred in Asia long before the Western search for the historical Jesus began in earnest. Asians remade Jesus at times appreciatively and at other times critically. R.S. Sugirtharajah situates the historical Jesus beyond the narrow confines of the West and offers an eye-opening chapter in the story of global Christianity--
Postcolonial reconfigurations : an alternative way of reading the Bible and doing theology by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Postcolonial Reconfigurations is a major critical intervention in the current debates surrounding the Bible and Christian theology. Written in an accessible style, it offers not only an illuminative reassessment, but also signals a significant next step for theological discourse."--BOOK JACKET
The postcolonial Bible( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vernacular hermeneutics by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection aims to make visible the spectacular ways in which the vernacular has been incorporated into current interpretative practices. It contains both practical appropriations of biblical narratives, informed by the vernacular heritage and by the reader's own identity, and also spells out the theoretical aim and ambit of such an enterprise. More importantly, it tries to place vernacular reading among the ongoing critical movements of our time, such as postmodernism and postcolonialism." "Though the collection celebrates the arrival of the vernacular, it is also aware of the dangers of inventing an 'idealized indigene' and of partaking in mythmaking."--BOOK JACKET
Border crossings : cross-cultural hermeneutics( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilderness : essays in honour of Frances Young( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still at the margins : biblical scholarship fifteen years after Voices from the margin( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and French and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Troublesome texts : the Bible in colonial and contemporary culture by R. S Sugirtharajah( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The nine substantial essays in this volume deal with three wide-ranging though interconnected issues: the perceived status and standing of the Bible today; aspects of the current state of biblical studies, especially the uneasy tension between the increasingly esoteric agenda of mainstream scholarship and the hermeneutical concerns of those occupied with marginal readings; the significance of postcolonial scholarship and pointers for its future at a time when empire has once again become a reality and a global subject of debate. The issues examined are all of global significance and concern, but they are hardly ever addressed by biblical scholars. The essays contain both theoretical discussion and practical questions as to the usefulness of the Bible at a time when its contested role has been complicated by its tainted association with oppressive causes."--BOOK JACKET
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The Bible and the Third World : precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial encounters
A postcolonial commentary on the New Testament writingsVoices from the margin : interpreting the Bible in the Third WorldThe Bible and empire : postcolonial explorationsDictionary of Third World theologiesAsian faces of JesusThe postcolonial Biblical readerExploring postcolonial biblical criticism : history, method, practicePostcolonial criticism and biblical interpretation
Alternative Names
Rasiah S. Sugirtharajah

Sugirtharajah, R.S.

Sugirtharajah, R. S. ca. 20./21. Jh.

Sugirtharajah, Rasiah S.

スギルタラージャ, R. S