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Title: Contextual reading of Psalm 22 with special reference to Indian Christian Dalit interpretations
Author: Jesurathnam, J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis endeavours to place Indian Christian Dalit interpretations of Psalm 22 in a conversation with the historical critical, Early Christian and modern Christian interpretations. This conversation is meant to examine how Dalit interpretation shares common things with its conversation partners and also show certain features distinct to its own context. In the Indian context biblical interpretation was dominant in the past three centuries, and the chief mode of interpretation was the western interpretative mode. In the last few decades this western domination of biblical interpretation has been challenged. Since Indian Christianity is dominated by Dalits their point of view is taken seriously in the Indian interpretation of the Bible. It is also evident that the Dalit Christian interpretation inherits certain interpretative modes from the western critical, New Testament, Early and modern Christian reading of the Bible. These features surface again and again in their interpretations of Psalm 22. Dalit interpretations of Psalm 22 are examined on three different aspects. First, Psalm 22 is examined in the light of the Hindu doctrine of karma, caste system and its related concerns. Secondly, Dalit women’s view is examined since it is their unique contribution to a Dalit interpretation. Thirdly, Dalit Christology speaks of their situation in which Jesus expresses solidarity with them in their dalitness and also gives an opportunity to register their protest against their oppression and oppressor. In a conversation among Dalit and non-Dalit interpretations of Psalm 22 it is demonstrated that Dalits share several common interpretative features with its dialogue partners. The conclusions of the thesis demonstrate that Dalit Christian interpretation stands distinct as it enables them to see their human worth and dignity in the midst of their caste and class oppression.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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