Date of Award

5-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Publisher

Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2020.

Degree Name

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL)

Director

Jean-François Racine

Abstract

After the Second Vatican Council, scholars have used new lenses to approach the Bible as a way to respond to the cultural and socio-political realities of multiple and diverse contexts. Based on my background and Latino essence, I advocate for biblical reading and interpretation that comes from a Latin American setting, in which popular education and liberation theology come together in most of the communities. In this research, I will present a form of mutual collaboration between race-ethnicity biblical criticism and the Popular & Community Reading of the Bible (PCRB) perspective.

So far, biblical scholarship has not yet integrated elements of race-ethnicity into Latin American hermeneutics of the New Testament. Hence, I intend to integrate race-ethnicity biblical criticism and PCBR into my thesis. This will contribute to the growing diversity of perspectives in biblical scholarship and promote hermeneutics that resonates from/with contemporary real-life scenarios. This thesis argues that Latin American biblical hermeneutics combined with the popular and community reading of the Bible should integrate components of theories of race and ethnicity in its practice.

Moreover, my investigation revolves around the following questions: (1) How might the people of God use categories of race-ethnicity to engage the New Testament narratives without formal academic training? And (2) what kind of insights can race and ethnicity biblical criticism generates when used by non-academic readers within the context of Popular and Community Reading? These two questions can be summarized as: can participants of the PCRB incorporate elements of race and ethnicity into their meetings and generate critical analysis of their reality? The test passages are Acts 10:1-48 and Matthew 8:5-13.

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