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Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

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The Politics of Remembrance

The Politics of Remembrance

Genealogies of 1 Chronicles 1–9 and Haunting Memories in China

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(p.371) Chapter 21 The Politics of Remembrance
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The Bible and Feminism
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Wong Wai Ching Angela

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0022

The genealogies section of 1 Chronicles 1: 1 to 9: 34 is known as the ‘genealogical hall’ which shares the function of a traditional Chinese ancestral hall in which ancestors are to be remembered as a testimony to a unified origin of the clan. Similarly, when Israelites lost their temple and the land, the Chroniclers tried painstakingly to make sense of Israelite history by ‘registering’ (yahas) the lost tribes into the genealogies for a unified Israel for the future. When Paul Riceour asks the people to ‘re-member’, it is not just about not-forgetting but also keeping in mind of those who are members of our community who were lost to human tragedy. This chapter will study the meaning of writing back into history through the cross-textual readings of the genealogies hall of 1 Chronicles and the politics of memories for the traumatic Chinese events.

Keywords:   national memorials, duty to remember, all Israel, being registered, citizens’ investigation

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