Mark Brett's Locations of God is a courageous and truly illuminating tour de force. He shows the highly political nature of the Hebrew Bible, in which various concepts from various times and groups interact with each other. In a very modern way, Brett uncovers and explains these concepts, their interdependence and enduring significance. Undoubtedly, Brett's book is the new opus magnum for any political reading of the Hebrew Bible.
Mark Brett is a Professor of Hebrew Bible at Whitley College, the University of Divinity, in Melbourne, Australia. His recent books include Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World and Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire.
Political theology is critical reflection on the intersections of religious, political and economic life, and in the Hebrew Bible it emerges in a broad range of topics - sovereignty, leadership, law, peoplehood, hospitality, redemption, creation and hope. The classic biblical literature has shaped the social imaginations of many peoples from ancient Canaan to global Christianity today, so this study also gives attention to key developments in the history of theBible's reception. Understanding the inner-biblical debates and their later interpretations will continue to be relevant for those who still live within the Bible's history of influence.