The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible

Paperback | January 14, 2013

EditorMichael Lieb, Emma Mason, Jonathan Roberts

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In recent decades, reception history has become an increasingly important and controversial topic of discussion in biblical studies. Rather than attempting to recover the original meaning of biblical texts, reception history focuses on exploring the history of interpretation. In doing so itlocates the dominant historical-critical scholarly paradigm within the history of interpretation, rather than over and above it. At the same time, the breadth of material and hermeneutical issues that reception history engages with questions any narrow understanding of the history of the Bible andits effects on faith communities.The challenge that reception history faces is to explore tradition without either reducing its meaning to what faith communities think is important, or merely offering anthologies of interesting historical interpretations. This major new handbook addresses these matters by presenting receptionhistory as an enterprise (not a method) that questions and understands tradition afresh. The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible consciously allows for the interplay of the traditional and the new through a two-part structure. Part I comprises a set of essays surveying the outline, form, and content of twelve key biblical books that have been influential in the historyof interpretation. Part II offers a series of in-depth case studies of the interpretation of particular key biblical passages or books with due regard for the specificity of their social, cultural or aesthetic context. These case studies span two millennia of interpretation by readers with widely differing perspectives. Some are at the level of a group response (from Gnostic readings of Genesis, to Post-Holocaust Jewish interpretations of Job); others examine individual approaches to texts (such as Augustine andPelagius on Romans, or Gandhi on the Sermon on the Mount). Several chapters examine historical moments, such as the 1860 debate over Genesis and evolution, while others look to wider themes such as non-violence or millenarianism. Further chapters study in detail the works of popular figures who haveused the Bible to provide inspiration for their creativity, from Dante and Handel, to Bob Dylan and Dan Brown.

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In recent decades, reception history has become an increasingly important and controversial topic of discussion in biblical studies. Rather than attempting to recover the original meaning of biblical texts, reception history focuses on exploring the history of interpretation. In doing so itlocates the dominant historical-critical schol...

Michael Lieb is Research Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Emma Mason is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. Dr. Jonathan Roberts is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:744 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:January 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jonathan Roberts: IntroductionPart One1. Rachel Havrelock: Genesis2. John F. A. Sawyer: Job3. Katherine Dell: Psalms4. John F. A. Sawyer: Isaiah5. Paul Joyce: Ezekiel6. John J. Collins: Daniel7. David M. Gunn: Judges8. Catrin H. Williams: Gospel of John9. Guy J. Williams: Romans10. Judith Kovacs: Corinthians11. John Riches: Galatians12. Christopher Rowland: RevelationPart TwoHermeneutical and Historical Issues13. Albert C. Labriola: The Bible and Iconography14. David J. Clark: Linguistic and Cultural Influences on Interpretation in Translations of the Bible15. Mary Carruthers: Memory, Imagination, and the Interpretation of Scripture in the Middle Ages16. Peter Clarke: Bible and Millenarianism17. Richard Harries: Non Retaliation and Military Force18. Tobias Nicklas: The Bible and Anti-Semitism19. Piero Boitani: Dante and the Bible20. John Butt: George Friedric Handel and the Messiah21. Ann Loades: Elizabeth Cady Stanton's The Women's Bible22. Atsuhiro Asano: Uchimura and the Bible in Japan23. Carol Crown: One Bible, Two Preachers: Patchwork Sermons and Sacred Art in the American South24. Michael J. Gilmour: Bob Dylan's Bible25. Robin Griffith-Jones: From John's Gospel to Dan Brown: The Magdalene CodeHebrew Bible26. Ismo Dunderberg: Gnostic Interpretations of Genesis27. John Hedley Brooke: Samuel Wilberforce, Thomas Huxley, and Genesis28. Jay Emerson Johnson: Sodomy and Gendered Love: Reading Genesis 19 in the Anglican Communion29. Scott Langston: Exodus in Early Twentieth Century America: Charles Reynolds Brown and Lawrence Langner30. Paulo Nogueira: The Use of Exodus by the Africaanas and Liberation Theologians31. Emma Mason: Elihu's Spiritual Sensation: William Blake's Illustrations to the Book of Job32. Michael Lieb: Ezekiel 1 and the Nation of Islam33. Isabel Wollaston: Post-Holocaust Jewish Interpretations of Job34. Kenneth G. C. Newport: Seventh Day Adventists, Daniel, and Revelation35. Jo Carruthers: Esther and Hitler: A Second Triumphant PurimNew Testament36. George Pattison: Kierkegaard on the Lilies and the Birds: Matthew 637. Jeremy Holtom: Ghandi's Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount38. Brad Braxton: Preaching, Politics, and Paul in Contemporary African American Christianity39. Zoe Bennett: Ruskin, the Bible, and the Death of Rose La Touche40. Tim Gorringe: Karl Barth on Romans41. Mark Edwards: Augustine and Pelagius on the Epistle to the Romans42. Peter Matheson: Luther on Galatians43. Gordon Allan: Joanna Southcott: Enacting the Woman Clothed with the Sun44. Valentine Cunningham: Bible Reading and/after Theory