Latina/o/x Studies and Biblical Studies Jacqueline M. Hidalgo introduces Latina/o/x studies for a biblical studies audience. She examines crucial themes that bridge the two fields, themes such as identity and difference with special attention to ethnicity and race; migration with attention to homing, diaspora, transnationalism, and citizenship. She discusses the place of Latina/o/x studies in relevant Hebrew Bible and New Testament scholarship on these topics. Ultimately this essay argues that Latina/o/x studies’ epistemological commitments to complexity, relationality, particularity, and collaborative knowledge-making can help ground critical interpretive approaches in biblical studies. She also imagines a way in which biblical studies—capaciously encompassing the study of Jewish and Christian literature in the ancient world as well as Jewish and Christian biblical reception and rejection histories, and the very category of scriptures more broadly—could deepen Latina/o/x studies' own thinking about canon formation and history.
Jacqueline M. Hidalgo, Ph.D. (2010), Claremont Graduate University, is Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion at Williams College (Mass.) USA. She is the author of
Revelation in Aztlán (2016) and co-editor of
Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration (2018).
Latina/o/x Studies and Biblical Studies Jacqueline M. Hidalgo
Abstract Keywords Introduction: What’s in a Name?
1 What Is Latina/o/x Studies? A Short, Invested History
2 Identity and Difference
3 Homing Practices: Migration, Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Citizenship
4 Epistemological Transformations and Other Ways of Reading
Those interested in Latina/o/x studies relevance for questions of identity, race, ethnicity, migration, diaspora, and epistemology in biblical studies, and those interested in biblical reception and rejection histories in Latina/o/x communities