Reading the New Testament

What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics?, by Tat-siong Benny Liew, is the first single-authored book on Asian American biblical interpretation. It covers all of the major genres within the New Testament and broadens biblical hermeneutics to cover not only the biblical texts, but also Asian American literature and current films and events like genome research and September 11.

“Liew is one of the most articulate, creative and sophisticated biblical scholars in North America. What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? has not caused me to question that judgment. A set of provocative questions, arguments, issues, and problems, the book opens a window onto what it means for human beings to try to negotiate a rather complex contemporary world, with evidence of increasingly blurred but also thick ideological and social-cultural boundaries and overlapping but also recognizable and isolable identity formations. That Liew does this by using and bringing together the category “Asian American” and the phenomenon of the reading of “the Bible” as sharp analytical wedge is all the more fascinating. This impressive book represents the collapse of the center and a major shift in orientation to the peripheries. It is a major achievement and a major challenge.” —Vincent L. Wimbush, Claremont Graduate University

What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? is the latest volume in the series Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Cultural Studies published by University of Hawai‘i Press.

January 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3162-2 / $35.00 (PAPER)