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Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania
Jione Havea, David J. Neville, Elaine M. Wainwright, editors
SemeiaSt 75
Publication Date
March 2014


Engaging voices crossing textual limits, race, and ethnic lines

In this collection of essays, scholars from Oceania open a new dialog regarding the vast, complex, and slippery nature of the Bible and the fluid meanings of borders and belongings. From belonging in a place, a group, or movement to belongings as material and cultural possessions, from borders of a text, discipline, or thought to borders of nations, communities, or bodies, the authors follow the currents of Oceania to the shores of Asia and beyond. Scholars contributing essays include Jeffrey W. Aernie, Merilyn Clark, Jione Havea, Gregory C. Jenks, Jeanette Mathews, Judith E. McKinlay, Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon, David J. Neville, John Painter, Kathleen P. Rushton, Ruth Sheridan, Nasili Vaka‘uta, and Elaine M. Wainwright. Michele A. Connolly, David M. Gunn, and Mark G. Brett provide responses to the essays.


  • Discussion of the impacts of natural disasters and political and ecological upheavals on biblical interpretation and theological reflection
  • Fourteen essays on texts in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament
  • Three responses to the essays provide a range of views on the topics

Jione Havea is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at United Theological College of the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is the author of Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women (Society of Biblical Literature).

David J. Neville is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at St Mark’s National Theological Centre of the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University. He is the author of A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives (Baker Academic) and co-editor of Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture (ATF Press).

Elaine M. Wainwright is Head of the School of Theology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is the author of Women Healing/Healing Women: The Genderisation of Healing in Early Christianity (Equinox) and co-editor of The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter (Society of Biblical Literature).


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