Bryan E. LewisDIV2503, Hebrew BibleDr. Douglas A. Knight10/15/2012
A Plea for the Historical-Narrative Hermeneutic
A Critical Examination of Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz’s, “By the Rivers of Babylon:Exile as a Way of Life”
In her lengthy chapter, "By the Rivers of Babylon: Exile as a Way of Life," Dr.Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz (March 22, 1943 – May 13, 2012) argues for the "theology of liberation." This is no surprise, since she is [was] a Hispanic women's liberationtheologian. For her, Psalm 137 is a way to deal with the sorrow that comes with her beinga refugee after the Cuban Missile crisis. Her theology, as she admits, is shaped by her experiences; and her biblical hermeneutics, has as its core presupposition, "binomialoppression-liberation."
By this, she insists on creating what I regard as a
for the text by relating Psalm 137 to modern issues of social justice for the oppressed, poor, minority, marginalized, and those who have been taken advantage of through socio-political, economic, and religious tyranny. For her, these are all modernforms of exile.Dr. Isasi-Diaz’s primary presuppositions that influence her work are easy tolocate, because she makes them known in this chapter. In her analysis, scientific exegesis,a form of historical-criticism, is inadequate in answering the questions raised by commonlaity. Mainly, because it fails to answer the particular question she is seeking, i.e., what
Segovia, Fernando F., and Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz. "By the Rivers of Babylon: Exile as a Way of Life."
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