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Anti-imperialist, post-colonized elements will appreciate those parts of the Bible which speak out against kings and privileges, overlords and the powerful (mostly the prophets). But in relation to individual Bible readers there may be no necessary connection between ethnicity, tribal past, and personal allegiances. There are sufficient strands of contrary and contradictory motifs and values in the Bible to fund most contemporary points of view. The canons of Scripture are like that tree which represented Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel (4: 19-22), an entity under which 'the beasts of the field found shade, and in whose 43 See Prior (1997).

31 Kant (1929), 9. Kant appears to be a major bete noire for postmodernist biblical scholars; for a more positive assessment of Kant's potential contribution to biblical studies see Addinall (1991), esp. 217-96. On a Kantian, view of the place and role of theology in the academy see Kant (1979). 32 Cf. Ginzburg (1980); Trevor-Roper (1969). 33 On the ways in which biblical interpretation responded to the Enlightenment see Frei 34 (1974). Castelli (1995). 16 R. P. C A R R O L L and weaknesses of postmodernism as a way of interpreting the Bible.

42 Here is where contextual theology has it over liberation theology in that the kind of Marxist liberation theology which attempts to impose a Western nineteenth-century bourgeois ideology constructed by Marx, Engels and their followers on cultures which have not themselves been through the kinds of social and intellectual evolution which created Western postEnlightenment thought (of which Marx is such an exemplar) violates the integrity of such native cultures. Ethnicity is a complicating factor in "" See the writings of Renita Weenis.

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