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Political Myth [Large Print]


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A scholar of biblical studies and cultural theory develops a political myth for the Left based on foundational stories in the Bible's first six books, from Genesis to Joshua

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
1. Toward a Theory of Political Myth 9
2. Women First? On the Legacy of "Primitive Communism" 36
3. The Fantasy of Myth 62
4. The Sacred Economy 89
5. Foreign Policy and the Fantasy of Israel in Australia 116
6. Christianity, Capitalism, and the Fantasy of Israel in the United States 144
7. Mythmaking for the Left 168
Conclusion 189
Appendix 193
Notes 213
Bibliography 227
Indexes 245

About the Author

Roland Boer is a Research Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His many books include Rescuing the Bible, Criticism of Heaven: On Marxism and Theology, Marxist Criticism of the Bible, Last Stop before Antarctica: The Bible and Postcolonialism in Australia, and Knockin' on Heaven's Door: The Bible and Popular Culture. He is the founding editor of the journal The Bible and Critical Theory.


"Focusing on the Genesis-Joshua narrative as a foundational political myth, Roland Boer illuminates the incorporation of that myth into representations of Israel, the foreign policies of the United States and Australia, and their relations to Israel. Drawing on his expertise in biblical studies and critical theory, he deconstructs contemporary geopolitical discourse and argues for a new political myth of and for the Left." Fernando F. Segovia, author of Decolonizing Biblical Studies: A View from the Margins "How might the Left respond to the capitalist version of the biblical myth of the Land of unlimited plenty? Given its perpetual power, Roland Boer demonstrates how a serious look at the Bible is unavoidable today when religion and myth have returned as topics of serious debate. Boer's book provides the missing link between biblical studies and political theory." Jorunn Okland, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo

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