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Introduction Part I. Precolonial Reception: 1. Before the empire Part II. Colonial Embrace: 2. White men bearing gifts: diffusion of the Bible and scriptural imperialism 3. Reading back: resistance as a discursive practice 4. The colonialist as a contentious reader: Colenso and his hermeneutics 5. Textual pedlars: distributing salvation - colporteurs and their portable Bibles Part III. Postcolonial Reclamations: 6. Desperately looking for the indigene: nativism and vernacular hermeneutics 7. Engaging liberation: texts as a vehicle of emancipation 8. Postcolonialising biblical interpretation Afterword Bibliography Index of biblical references Index of names and subjects.