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Exodus and LiberationDeliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr.$
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John Coffey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199334223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334223.001.0001

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Sacred Texts, Godly Readers, and Historical Change

(p.215) Conclusion
Exodus and Liberation

John Coffey

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   biblical hermeneutics, texts of terror, Exodus, narrative, rhetoric, counterfactual history

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