The Bible contains a variety of passages that defend the poor and champion the cause of the oppressed, but are these ancient texts able to find a voice in confronting injustice in the modern world? 'Bible and Justice' examines the ways in which the Bible can speak to contemporary poverty, environmental issues, and state-sponsored violence, whilst exploring the difficulties that arise when ancient concepts of justice are applied to modern ideals. The book covers a range of topics from human rights to deaf biblical interpretation and from hospitality to corporate globalization. Broad and accessible, 'Bible and Justice' will be an invaluable resource for students of religious and biblical studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1:Challenges and Understanding of Bible and Justice 1. On the Genesis of the Alliance between the Bible and Rights Yvonne Sherwood, University of Glasgow 2. Rough Justice? Philip Davies, University of Sheffield 3. Is the Belief in Human Rights either Biblical or Useful? John Sandys-Wunsch, 4. Jesus: The Justice of God Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University Divinity School Part 2: Uses and Approaches to Bible and Justice 5. Justice and Violence in the Priestly Utopia Walter J. Houston, Mansfield College, Oxford 6. A Signs Source: Approaching Deaf Biblical Interpretation Louise J. Lawrence, University of Exeter 7. From a Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) of the Economy to the RDP of the Soul: Public Realm Biblical Appropriation in Postcolonial South Africa Gerald West, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Part 3: Prospects for Applications of Bible and Justice 8. The Old Testament and the Environment J.W. Rogerson, University of Sheffield 9. Ecojustice in the Bible? Pauline Contributions to an Ecological Theology David G. Horrell, University of Exeter 10. Can the Book of Revelation be a Gospel for the Environment? Simon P. Woodman, South Wales Baptist College 11. 'I Have Always Relied on the Kindness of Strangers': Hospitality and the Geneva Conventions of Ancient Israel Diana Lipton, King's College London 12. Prophets to Profits: Ancient Judah and Corporate Globalization Matthew J.M. Coomber
Matthew J.M. Coomber is an Assistant Professor of Theology in Biblical Studies at St. Ambrose University, Iowa, USA. He also sits on the board of directors for The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice and serves as an Episcopal priest.