I have just returned from a great time in Kaifeng, the ancient imperial capital from a millennium ago. In Henan University, Kaifeng, I met Liang Gong, who is fostering a program of biblical criticism with a particular focus on Marxist biblical criticism. Needless to say, I was thrilled to meet him and some of his students and colleagues. To gain a sense of what they are up to, he edits a journal called ‘Biblical Literature Studies‘. It is the first academic journal in this area in China, registered with the Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences. To top it off, the team has recently received a national grant on Marxist Interpretations of the Bible – so it looks like I might be involved more closely with them at Henan University.

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