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The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture

John (Newcastle University) Sawyer

The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture

John (Newcastle University) Sawyer

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"Concentrating vast bodies of knowledge in richly and vividly informative articles, this volume is a major contribution to religion and culture studies. It includes the three religions that use the Bible - Judaism, Islam, and Christianity - on topics as varied as film, Australasia, postmodernism, and the body. All scholars and students of religion and culture can learn from both the content and the method of this highly readable book." Margaret R. Miles, The Graduate Theological Union "It is clear that the Bible in Western culture is recognized not only as 'a source of revelation' but as a generative force in the propulsion of culture. Professor Sawyer knows as much as anyone about 'Reader Response' and the ways in which the Bible has been read over time - misread or strongly read - to impact and shape culture. In this volume he has gathered a first-rate group of scholarly interpreters who lead us into heretofore unexplored areas along the interface of culture and Bible. This book is a venturesome and welcome pioneer not only in new learnings, but also in new methods that will continue to evoke new interpretations. The volume signals a fresh direction in Scripture study." Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary "Nowhere has the mutual interdependence between the Bible and culture been as thoroughly analysed as in the thirty contributions to this Companion. The rich variety of contents and perspectives of these imaginatively selected, densely packed chapters is overwhelming. A truly interdisciplinary work created by a group of internationally known scholars, this collection shows how the various aesthetic, political and religious aspects of culture inform and are still informed by biblical texts. They reveal how much our cultural imagination and practices are imbued with biblical images, themes and residues, but also how much present ways of thinking have moved far away from the Bible. The contributors discuss rabbinic, patristic, medieval, modern and postmodern approaches to the Bible, its global appropriations as also its reception and usage in Judaism, Islam and in contemporary ecological debates. These challenging essays invite much reflection and debate, making this Companion attractive to a wide range of readers." Ursula King, University of Bristol and London "Perusing this well-edited, fully indexed Companion is an exhilarating experience that is likely to lead readers to offer a sincere, if breathless, thanks to all involved in its creation." Choice

- Publisher "The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture" provides readers with a concise, readable and scholarly introduction to twenty-first century approaches to the Bible. ^Consists of 30 articles written by distinguished specialists from around the world^^ ^Draws on interdisciplinary and international examples to explore how the Bible has impacted on all the major social contexts where it has been influential - ancient, medieval and modern, world-wide^^ ^Gives examples of how the Bible has influenced literature, art, music, history, religious studies, politics, ecology and sociology^^ ^Each article is accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography^^ ^Offers guidance on how to read the Bible and its many interpretations.

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"Concentrating vast bodies of knowledge in richly and vividly informative articles, this volume is a major contribution to religion and culture studies. It includes the three religions that use the Bible - Judaism, Islam, and Christianity - on topics as varied as film, Australasia, postmodernism, and the body. All scholars and students of religion and culture can learn from both the content and the method of this highly readable book." Margaret R. Miles, The Graduate Theological Union "It is clear that the Bible in Western culture is recognized not only as 'a source of revelation' but as a generative force in the propulsion of culture. Professor Sawyer knows as much as anyone about 'Reader Response' and the ways in which the Bible has been read over time - misread or strongly read - to impact and shape culture. In this volume he has gathered a first-rate group of scholarly interpreters who lead us into heretofore unexplored areas along the interface of culture and Bible. This book is a venturesome and welcome pioneer not only in new learnings, but also in new methods that will continue to evoke new interpretations. The volume signals a fresh direction in Scripture study." Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary "Nowhere has the mutual interdependence between the Bible and culture been as thoroughly analysed as in the thirty contributions to this Companion. The rich variety of contents and perspectives of these imaginatively selected, densely packed chapters is overwhelming. A truly interdisciplinary work created by a group of internationally known scholars, this collection shows how the various aesthetic, political and religious aspects of culture inform and are still informed by biblical texts. They reveal how much our cultural imagination and practices are imbued with biblical images, themes and residues, but also how much present ways of thinking have moved far away from the Bible. The contributors discuss rabbinic, patristic, medieval, modern and postmodern approaches to the Bible, its global appropriations as also its reception and usage in Judaism, Islam and in contemporary ecological debates. These challenging essays invite much reflection and debate, making this Companion attractive to a wide range of readers." Ursula King, University of Bristol and London "Perusing this well-edited, fully indexed Companion is an exhilarating experience that is likely to lead readers to offer a sincere, if breathless, thanks to all involved in its creation." Choice
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"The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture" provides readers with a concise, readable and scholarly introduction to twenty-first century approaches to the Bible. ^Consists of 30 articles written by distinguished specialists from around the world^^ ^Draws on interdisciplinary and international examples to explore how the Bible has impacted on all the major social contexts where it has been influential - ancient, medieval and modern, world-wide^^ ^Gives examples of how the Bible has influenced literature, art, music, history, religious studies, politics, ecology and sociology^^ ^Each article is accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography^^ ^Offers guidance on how to read the Bible and its many interpretations.
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Table Of Contents

  • Notes On Contributors. List Of Figures. Introduction: John F. A. Sawyer. Part I: Revealing The Past:. 1. The Ancient World: Philip R. Davies (sheffield University). 2. The Patristic Period: Kate Cooper (university Of Manchester). 3. The Middle Ages: Mary Dove (university Of Sussex). 4. The Renaissance: Ilona N. Rashkow (stony Brook University, New York). 5. The Reformation: Peter Matheson (university Of Otago, New Zealand). 6. The Counter-reformation: Euan Cameron (union Theological Seminary, New York). 7. The Modern World: John W. Rogerson (sheffield University). Part Ii: The Nomadic Text:. 8. Judaism: Edward Kessler (cambridge Centre For Jewish Christian Relations). 9. Islam: Stephen N. Lambden (university Of Newcastle Upon Tyne). 10. Asia: Choan-seng Song (pacific School Of Religion, Berkley). 11. Africa: Jonathan A. Draper (university Of Natal, Pietermaritzburg). 12. North America: Scott M. Langston (texas Christian University, Fort Worth). 13. Latin America: Erhard S. Gerstenberger (university Of Marburg, Germany). 14. Australasia: Roland Boer (monash University, Melbourne) And Ibrahim Abrahim (monash University, Melbourne). Part Iii: The Bible And The Senses:. 15. Literature: Jo Carruthers (university Of Bristol). 16. Film: Alice Bach (case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio). 17. Music: John W. Rogerson (sheffield University). 18. Art: Heidi J. Hornik (baylor University, Texas) And Mikeal C. Parsons (baylor University, Texas). 19. Architecture: Andrew Ballantyne (university Of Newcastle Upon Tyne). 20. The Theatre: Meg Twycross (lancaster University). 21. The Circus: Burke O. Long (bowdoin College, Brunswick). 22. The Body: Gerard Loughlin (university Of Durham). Part Iv: Reading In Practice:. 23. Contextuality: Gerald West (university Of Kwazulu-natal, Pietermaritzburg). 24. Politics: Tim Gorringe (university Of Exeter). 25. Ecology: Anne Primavesi (birkbeck College, University Of London). 26. Psychology: Ilona N. Rashkow (stony Brook University, New York). 27. Gender: Deborah F. Sawyer (lancaster University). 28. Nationalism: Jo Carruthers (university Of Bristol). 29. Post-colonialism: Sharon A. Bong (monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur). 30. Postmodernism: Andrew Tate (lancaster University). Index Of Biblical References. General Index

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  • Catalogue Code 272027
  • Product Code 9781405101363
  • ISBN 1405101369
  • EAN 9781405101363
  • Pages 572
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Blackwell Publishing
  • Publication Date Oct 2006
  • Dimensions 253 x 179 x 36 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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