The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial, and Postcolonial Encounters

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Contents
Acknowledgementspageix
1 Introduction1
PART I PRECOLONIAL RECEPTION
1 Before the empire: the Bible as a marginal and a minority text13
      India: liturgical and iconic usage15
      China: the surrogate Bible – monuments and manuscripts22
      Africa: Latin Bible and local controversies30
      Concluding reflections36
PART II COLONIAL EMBRACE
2 White men bearing gifts: diffusion of the Bible and scriptural imperialism45
      Venerable versions and paucity of Bibles45
      Cheap Bibles and scriptural imperialism52
      Marks of colonial hermeneutics61
3 Reading back: resistance as a discursive practice74
An emancipator as emancipator of texts: Olaudah Equiano       and his textual allusions75
      Confluence of histories: William Apess and textual reclamations87
      Textual conversations: K. N. Banerjea and his Vedas90
      Textual management: Pandita Ramabai and her Bible97
      African emancipatory movements and their Bibles105
      Concluding reflections108

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