Responding to the Radical in RIOT Bible


  • Caroline Blyth University of Auckland



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In response to the RIOT Bible articles by Sandford, Myles, and Wan, I consider what it means to be a ‘radical interpreter’ of the Bible. Reflecting in particular on the sense of ‘rootedness’ that the term ‘radical’ can convey, I explore how each author digs down to the roots of their subject, all the while pushing away from exegetical normativities to produce a reading that is both unconventional and ground-breaking.

Author Biography

Caroline Blyth, University of Auckland

Caroline Blyth is a lecturer in Religious Studies within the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland. Her research embraces intersections between biblical studies and cultural studies, and she has a particular interest in cultural and biblical representations of gender and gender violence.


Myers, Ched. 1988. Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Myles, Robert. 2014. “The Quest for the (Un)Subversive Jesus.” The Bible and Class Struggle. 19 December.

Rodrigues, Jason. 2013. “April 1979: Thatcher outlines her radical ideology.” The Guardian, 17 April. Internet edition.

Singh, Harkanwal. 2015. “God and money: Interactive map shows rich suburbs have most atheists,” New Zealand Herald. 13 May. Internet edition.



How to Cite

Blyth, C. (2016). Responding to the Radical in RIOT Bible. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 7(3), 295–303.



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