'Yours Faithfully' presents an anthology of virtual letters from the Bible, in which leading scholars imagine correspondence between biblical characters. Each letter conveys the insights that a given character might have and, together, the letters provide a rich sense of the concerns which propel and characters who inhabit the Bible. The letters are written in a range of styles - from the strictly historical to the very contemporary - and embrace the serious and the playful. The aim is to offer a commentary on familiar texts and events and to continue a long tradition of retelling stories from the Bible.
Table of Contents
Introduction: In Praise of Virtual Letters (Philip Davies); 1. Sarah to Abraham (David Holgate, Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme, Salisbury); 2. Isaac to Abraham (Yvonne Sherwood, University of Glasgow); 3. Sarah to Rebekah (Vicki Jensen, Wichita State University); 4. Pharaoh Ramses to Moses (Roland Boer, Monash University, Australia); 5. Aaron to Miriam (Claudia Camp, Texas Christian University); 6. Jephthah's daughter to her father (Philip Davies); 7. Samson to Delilah (Roger Ryan, Vicar of St. Mary's Church, London); 8. Shmuel ben Elkanah to Achish (Alastair Hunter, University of Glasgow); 9. Absalom to David (Athalya Brenner, University of Amsterdam); 10. Salu to Zur (John Jarick, St Stephen's House, Oxford); 11. Ahitophel to Absalom (Jonathan Magonet, Leo Baeck College, London); 12. Ahitophel to Eliam (Hugh Pyper, University of Leeds); 13. Ahab to Obadiah (Stuart Lasine, Wichita State University); 14. Ahab to The Writer of 2 Kings (Ehud Ben Zvi, University of Alberta); 15. Athaliah to Elijah (Julie Kelso, University of Queensland); 16. The Big Fish to Jonah (Ehud Ben Zvi, University of Alberta); 17. Nineveh to Judah (Julia M. O'Brien, Lancaster Theological Seminary); 18. Jeremiah to Ezekiel (Mark Brummitt, Manchester Partnership for Theological Education); 19. Between Zedekiah and Jeremiah (Bob Becking, University of Utrecht); 20. Haggai to Zechariah (Diana Edelman, University of Sheffield); 21. Zechariah to Haggai (Diana Edelman, University of Sheffield); 22. Esther to her Mother (Lilian Klein, American University, Washington DC); 23. John the Baptizer to Jesus of Nazareth (Robert Webb, McMaster Divinity School, Hamilton); 24. Jesus of Nazareth to his Mother Mary (Jorunn Okland, University of Sheffield); 25. Judas Iscariot to James; James to his Family (Richard Walsh, Methodist College, North Carolina); 26. A Greek Woman to Jairus (George Aichele, Adrian College, Michigan); 27. Pilate's Wife to her Husband (Louise Lawrence, University of Glasgow); 28. Publius Philostratus to an Author (Philip Davies); 29. Onesimus to Paul (Bert Jan Peerbolte, Kampen University); 30. 'Jezebel' of Thyatira to John of Patmos (Ian Boxall, St Stephen's House, Oxford); 31. Letter to Bible Authors (Yvonne Sherwood, Alastair Hunter and Philip Davies)
Philip R. Davies is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.