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The Love of David and Jonathan Ideology, Text, Reception

The Love of David and Jonathan Ideology, Text, Reception

1st Edition

James E. Harding
January 21, 2016

Were David and Jonathan 'gay' lovers? This very modern question lies behind the recent explosion of studies of the David and Jonathan narrative. Interpreters differ in their assessment of whether 1 and 2 Samuel offer a positive portrayal of a homosexual relationship. Beneath the conflict of ...

Bible and Justice Ancient Texts, Modern Challenges

Bible and Justice Ancient Texts, Modern Challenges

1st Edition

Matthew J. M. Coomber
December 17, 2010

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, ...

On the Origins of Judaism

On the Origins of Judaism

1st Edition

Philip R. Davies
June 01, 2011

On the Origins of Judaism examines the formation of one of the oldest monotheistic religions. The book covers a diverse range of themes: the identity of those who produced and canonized the Hebrew Bible and subsequently shaped its interpretation; the significance and impact of Second Isaiah and the...

Opening the Books of Moses

Opening the Books of Moses

1st Edition

Diana V. Edelman, Philip R. Davies, Christophe Nihan, Thomas Romer
August 28, 2014

Opening the Books of Moses presents an introduction to the first five books of the Bible. It is written for any student engaged in the scholarly study of these most central of biblical texts. The aim throughout is to examine the books with a view to illuminating the ideas, beliefs and experiences ...

Three Versions of Judas

Three Versions of Judas

1st Edition

Richard G. Walsh
November 30, 2010

Judas Iscariot, known for his betrayal of Jesus, is a key figure in the Gospel narratives. As an insider become outsider, Judas demarcates Christian boundaries of good and evil. 'Three Versions of Judas' examines the role of Judas in Christian myth-making. The book draws on Jorge Luis Borges' "...

Reconsidering Johannine Christianity A Social Identity Approach

Reconsidering Johannine Christianity A Social Identity Approach

1st Edition

Raimo Hakola
April 20, 2015

Reconsidering Johannine Christianity presents a full-scale application of social identity approach to the Johannine writings. This book reconsiders a widely held scholarly assumption that the writings commonly taken to represent Johannine Christianity – the Gospel of John and the First, Second and ...

Jesus in an Age of Terror Scholarly Projects for a New American Century

Jesus in an Age of Terror Scholarly Projects for a New American Century

1st Edition

James G. Crossley
October 01, 2008

New Testament and Christian origins scholarship have historically been influenced by their political and social context. 'Jesus in an Age of Terror' applies the work of critical and media theorists to contemporary Christian origins and New Testament scholarship. Part one examines the influence of ...

Mark and its Subalterns A Hermeneutical Paradigm for a Postcolonial Context

Mark and its Subalterns A Hermeneutical Paradigm for a Postcolonial Context

1st Edition

David Joy
September 12, 2014

This book offers a fresh appraisal of the identity and involvement of the subalterns in Mark, arguing that the presence of the subalterns in Mark is a possible hermeneutical tool for re-reading the Bible in a postcolonial context like India. Part I paves the way for a creative discussion on Mark ...

Redrawing the Boundaries The Date of Early Christian Literature

Redrawing the Boundaries The Date of Early Christian Literature

1st Edition

J. V. M. Sturdy, Jonathan Knight
August 01, 2008

Was the New Testament written in the early first century CE or at a much later date? Sturdy's work was conceived as a reply to John Robinson's Reading the New Testament, which dated the New Testament material very early. Sturdy argued that the Pauline letters are in places interpolated, Colossians,...

Sex Working and the Bible

Sex Working and the Bible

1st Edition

Avaren Ipsen
April 01, 2009

The Bible contains many stories of prostitution. Feminist and liberation readings of these biblical narratives have often made sex workers invisible. 'Sex Working and the Bible' examines stories of biblical prostitution through the experiences and understanding of sex workers today. The Bible ...

Sodomy A History of a Christian Biblical Myth

Sodomy A History of a Christian Biblical Myth

1st Edition

Michael Carden
November 01, 2004

The biblical narrative of Sodom and Gomorrah has served as an archetypal story of divine antipathy towards same sex love and desire. 'Sodomy' offers a study of the reception of this story in Christian and Jewish traditions from antiquity to the Reformation. The book argues that the homophobic ...

The Production of Prophecy Constructing Prophecy and Prophets in Yehud

The Production of Prophecy Constructing Prophecy and Prophets in Yehud

1st Edition

Diana Vikander Edelman, Ehud Ben Zvi
September 01, 2009

The Persian and Hellenistic periods saw the production and use of a variety of authoritative texts in Israel. 'The Production of Prophecy' brings together a range of influential biblical scholars to examine the construction of prophecy and prophetic books during the Persian period. Drawing on ...

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