Stop, take, care: Reading Luke 10:25-37 with islanders in prison

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This essay offers a reading of Luke 10.25-37 based on conversations with people in prison. I unravel those through readings of Luke 10.25-37 (which contains a parable involving a Samaritan and an innkeeper), driven by interests in constructing prison hermeneutics. The ambiguity of how prison is â''public spaceâ'' motivates this reflection. Who owns prison? This is not a question about sponsorship and management (federal, state, private or church), but about the ideologies and conditions that require prison (institution and system). Behind (the bars of) this essay is a conviction that biblical critics can â''ownâ'' (by devotion, by commission) prison through reading and engaging with people in prison. The prison condition invites rethinking five categories that biblical critics often take for grantedâ''space, time, relation, identity, interruptionâ''hence the five sections of this essay.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bible, justice and public theology
EditorsDavid Neville
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781909697478
ISBN (Print)9781909697478
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameBible in the modern world
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press
ISSN (Print)1747-9630


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