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The St James’ Institute presents: Hunger, Rage, and the New Testament

Tuesday 6 September | 4:00pm-5:00pm | Online (Webinar) | $10

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Luzia Sutter Rehmann, Professor of New Testament at the University of Basel, Switzerland, discusses her innovative new book Rage in the Belly: Hunger in the New Testament.

The webinar will demonstrate how contemporary global issues can be addressed through a contextualized understanding of biblical texts.

How is rage related to hunger? Hunger is a liminal experience, connected to powerlessness, shame, and violence. Hunger does not issue into speech. It cannot therefore be easily found in the biblical texts, written by (and about) people who knew hunger. It hides behind the words in these texts.

Rage, conversely, finds expression; and in the texts, it can alert readers to hidden experiences of hunger. But rage is not just a response to the lack of food. It is also a transformative force, reaching towards a justice that is not yet real. The experience of hunger and the fear of famine often go hand in hand with anger —a rage that can bring whole populations to their feet.

Luzia Sutter Rehmann develops a biblical hermeneutic that centres on the “fire” in the belly of the hungry, their rage that leads to protests and uprisings. Her reading shows “the poor” or “the many” as those with whom Jesus cooperates and as subjects acting on their own initiative.

Rage in the Belly highlights key socio-historical information on the food situation of ancient Rome and Palestine: on poverty, political dependence and unrest, droughts, and famines.

Also featuring: Monica Buckland (translator) & The Rev’d Canon Dr Bob Derrenbacker (respondent).

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