Sacred Texts, Godly Readers, and Historical Change
The concluding chapter emphasizes the vulnerability and the power of biblical texts. The Exodus story was exploited by inventive readers in multiple and often incompatible ways; it also influenced readers by shaping their sense of history. Without the Bible’s liberationist texts, revolutions and abolitionist movements might still have arisen, but they would have been imagined quite differently. Together, godly readers and sacred texts changed conceptions of slavery and liberty.
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