Bare feet welcome: redeemer Xs Moses @ Enaim

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This chapter offers a migrant reading, a reading that crosses boundaries, building upon the modes of postcolonial contrapuntal and cross cultural reading. My starting point is a sign that functions as a barrier for poorer local people, ''No shoes no service" which can still be seen at many places (esp. restaurants) in the Pacific. Bare feet natives are not allowed into those places, they do not belong there. I will turn that barrier over by siding with bare feet natives, and invite migrant readers to bare the feet of biblical texts, characters, ideologies, traditions, signs, and more. Hence, a migrant reading of three biblical instances: the unnamed Redeemer removing his sandal at the gate before Boaz and the elders (Ruth 4), Moses removing his sandal before the burning bush (Exod 3), and Tamar sitting at the side of the road waiting for Judah to bare his feet (Gen 38). The paper will circle around bodies that cross boundaries (going back to the migration of Pacific Islanders), bodies that are boundaries (rulers, laws), and the boundaries of the body.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBible, borders, belonging(s)
Subtitle of host publicationengaging readings from Oceania
EditorsJione Havea, David Neville, Elaine Wainwright
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781589839571
ISBN (Print)9781589839564, 9781589839557
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSociety of biblical literature. Semeia studies


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