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Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible


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Every day, global news feeds and social media engagements testify to the endemic presence of gendered violence and rape cultures. This has been demonstrated most strikingly by the rapid and global spread of the #MeToo campaign. But less explored has been the significant part that religions play both in confronting and in perpetuating myths and misperceptions that lie at the heart of rape cultures – that is, cultures that conceptualise gendered violence as an ‘inevitable’ or even profitable outcome of normative social gender roles. Religious texts, traditions, receptions, and beliefs can exert powerful influences on people’s understanding of gender relationships, shaping their responses to gendered violence and rape culture within their own socio-cultural contexts. This series delves into some of these complexities.

Focusing particularly (but not exclusively) on the important role of the Bible, a text that more than any other has exerted both tremendous cultural influence and doctrinal authority in Western democracies and beyond, this series fosters research into the phenomenon of rape culture, throughout history but particularly within contemporary societies. It investigates the complex and at times contentious relationships that exist between rape culture and the Bible (both the text itself and its afterlives in, for instance, popular culture), considering the various ways Bible-based religions both participate in and contest rape culture discourses and practices. In the course of this, the multiple social identities that invariably intersect with rape culture, including gender, sexuality, race and class, are explored.

The series is aimed primarily at researchers, postgraduates, church and other representatives of religious institutions, and upper-level undergraduates. It offers a diversity of approaches to the study of religion, the Bible and gender-based violence. Volumes are likely to appeal to a wide variety of audiences and will make a contribution not only to the study of religion and sacred texts but also gender studies and the study of popular culture and the media.

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Zeus Syndrome A Very Short History of Religion-Based Masculine Domination

Zeus Syndrome: A Very Short History of Religion-Based Masculine Domination

1st Edition

By Joachim Kügler
May 27, 2024

Zeus Syndrome: A Very Short History of Religion-Based Masculine Domination is a critical assessment of the biblical concepts of gender hierarchy and the intersection of sex/gender, power, and religion. Starting with #MeToo and the abuse of religious power in the Catholic Church, it also presents a ...

The Bible and Gender-based Violence in Botswana

The Bible and Gender-based Violence in Botswana

1st Edition

By Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe
February 12, 2024

The Bible and Gender-based Violence in Botswana foregrounds the rampancy of gender-based violence against women and girls in biblical texts and how it resonates with gender-based violence (GBV) in the author’s contemporary context of Botswana. The volume reads selected texts from the Bible ...

Rape Culture in the House of David A Company of Men

Rape Culture in the House of David: A Company of Men

1st Edition

By Barbara Thiede
January 29, 2024

Rape Culture in the House of David: A Company of Men describes a biblical rape culture sustained and maintained by Yhwh and a host of men—from royal kings and princes to their relatives, counselors, generals, and servants. This volume reveals that sexual violence in the house of David is not ...

Trafficking Hadassah Collective Trauma, Cultural Memory, and Identity in the Book of Esther and in the African Diaspora

Trafficking Hadassah: Collective Trauma, Cultural Memory, and Identity in the Book of Esther and in the African Diaspora

1st Edition

By Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar
January 29, 2024

The representation of sexual trafficking in the book of Esther has parallels with the cultural memories, histories, and materialized pain of African(a) girls and women across time and space, from the Persian Empire, to subsequent slave trade routes and beyond. Trafficking Hadassah illuminates ...

Vocation and Violence The Church and #MeToo

Vocation and Violence: The Church and #MeToo

1st Edition

By Miryam Clough
January 29, 2024

As #MeToo and its sister movement #ChurchToo demonstrated, sexual violence is systemic in many and varied workplace settings, including Christian churches, and can destroy women’s careers and vocational aspirations. The study draws on empirical evidence – personal stories from survivors and the ...

Marriage, Bible, Violence Intersections and Impacts

Marriage, Bible, Violence: Intersections and Impacts

1st Edition

By Saima Afzal, Johanna Stiebert
August 17, 2023

Drawing on both biblical studies scholarship and practitioner experience, this book explores the disjuncture between complementarian accounts of biblical marriage and intersections of marriage and violence in texts from Jewish and Christian Scriptures. This volume challenges authoritative ...

The Crucifixion of Jesus Torture, Sexual Abuse, and the Scandal of the Cross

The Crucifixion of Jesus: Torture, Sexual Abuse, and the Scandal of the Cross

1st Edition

By David Tombs
November 28, 2022

Roman crucifixions sought to degrade and dehumanise their victims in ways that destroyed their dignity and stigmatised their memory. Paul speaks of the cross as a ‘scandal’ or ‘stumbling block’, but the significance of this language has never been explored in terms of sexual violence. The ...

Rape Culture, Purity Culture, and Coercive Control in Teen Girl Bibles

Rape Culture, Purity Culture, and Coercive Control in Teen Girl Bibles

1st Edition

By Caroline Blyth
August 29, 2022

In this fascinating book, Caroline Blyth takes a close look at Bibles marketed to teen girls and asks how these might perpetuate harmful gender stereotypes that lie at the heart of rape culture. The author considers the devotionals, commentaries, and advice sections placed throughout these Bibles...

The Bible and Sexual Violence Against Men

The Bible and Sexual Violence Against Men

1st Edition

By Chris Greenough
May 06, 2022

At least 1 in 6 men have experienced some form of sexual violence. The Bible and Sexual Violence Against Men argues that the shame and stigma around male sexual abuse are interwoven with contemporary social and cultural concepts of masculinity, and are also found in the ancient world and biblical ...

Resisting Rape Culture The Hebrew Bible and Hong Kong Sex Workers

Resisting Rape Culture: The Hebrew Bible and Hong Kong Sex Workers

1st Edition

By Nancy Nam Hoon Tan
April 29, 2022

Resisting Rape Culture tackles controversial and harrowing rape myths prevalent in rape culture: namely that sex workers do not get raped, and that they are deserving victims of sexual violence. Commonly, sociocultural discourses depict sex workers as morally deficient and promiscuous, having sex ...

Telling Terror in Judges 19 Rape and Reparation for the Levite’s wife

Telling Terror in Judges 19: Rape and Reparation for the Levite’s wife

1st Edition

By Helen Paynter
February 17, 2020

Telling Terror in Judges 19 explores the value of performing a ‘reparative reading’ of the terror-filled story of the Levite’s pilegesh (commonly referred to as the Levite’s concubine) in Judges 19, and how such a reparative reading can be brought to bear upon elements of modern rape culture. ...

Rape Myths, the Bible, and #MeToo

Rape Myths, the Bible, and #MeToo

1st Edition

By Johanna Stiebert
November 04, 2019

Biblical studies is increasingly interdisciplinary and frequently focuses on how the Bible is read, received, and represented in the contemporary world, including in politics, news media, and popular culture. Rape Myths, the Bible and #MeToo illustrates this with particular and critical assessment ...

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