Constructing a Minoritized Approach: Racialized Readers and Reading Locations



This chapter suggests that the ideology of white invisibility can be detected in constructive efforts to diversify contemporary biblical scholarship. The point of departure for this critique is an important article by Jeffrey Siker. The primary focus of his essay is the interaction between the quest for the historical Jesus and two minoritized and racialized representations of Jesus: James Cone’s black Jesus and Virgilio Elizondo’s mestizo Jesus. Siker helpfully frames the thorny problematic of competing representations of the white, black, brown, red, and yellow Jesuses. Nevertheless, his critique succumbs to a deracializing logic that unwittingly reinscribes the ideology of white invisibility. Identifying the strengths and limitations of Siker’s analysis not only renders visible the ideology of white invisibility, but also points to ways of moving beyond the impasse of competing representations. This critique sets the stage for an alternative reading of Jesus’ crucifixion as a racialized-other in Matthew’s passion narrative.


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