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Prophetic ActivismProgressive Religious Justice Movements in Contemporary America$
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Helene Slessarev-Jamir

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741238

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741238.001.0001

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Identifying the Qualities of Prophetic Activism

Identifying the Qualities of Prophetic Activism

(p.35) 2 Identifying the Qualities of Prophetic Activism
Prophetic Activism

Helene Slessarev-Jamir

NYU Press

This chapter presents a broader explanation of what the prophetic traditions within both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament have to say about various justice issues. Since there is a multiplicity of voices present in both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, quotes from both continue to be used to justify hegemony, militarism, racial, ethnic, and gender exclusion. For example, God's willingness to slaughter the Canaanites is still used to justify savagery and genocide against present-day so-called enemies. Prophetic texts have also been appropriated as tools for the maintenance of dominance. In addition to the widespread use of prophetic texts, religious justice activists consistently employ certain common methodologies in their work. These include the use of various popular education models to empower people with a critical consciousness, and the use of civil disobedience within tactical repertoires.

Keywords:   prophetic traditions, Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament, prophetic texts, religious justice activism, civil disobedience

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