Global perspectives on Bible and violence / edited by Helen Paynter and Michael Spalione.

Sheffield : Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2023.
xvi, 267 pages ; 24 cm.


Summary note
This volume brings global perspectives to the fore, in what is the fourth of, at least, five volumes providing resources for researchers and in the classroom exploring the intersection between violence and biblical texts. It is the outcome of proceedings from a 2021 Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV) conference, with contributors and participants from sixteen nations. In addition to the geographical variety of contributions, the fifteen papers in this volume also reflect a group of scholars diverse in their discipline and field of interest. Some papers involve close textual study (such as Richard Middleton’s discussion of the Akedah) while others consider thematic subjects such as the contemporary problem of “Christianism” (Matthew Feldman) or the Bible’s entailment in the fetishization of virginity (Johanna Stiebert). Of particular note are three contributions from African scholars. Louis Ndekha brings the Malawian practice of Mob Justice into dialogue with Luke 6:27-29. Paul Chimhungwe writes on the problematic hermeneutical approaches which have informed the Apostles of Johanne Marange of Zimbabwe, which denies Western medicine to its followers. Lodewyk Sutton studies Psalm 58 to consider whether the imprecatory language used therein might constitute part of a ritual used to overcome trauma. The CSBV is a postgraduate research and study centre dedicated to working in the twin areas of the interpretation of biblical violence and the weaponization of the Bible.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  • Introduction: I believe in the afterlife (of the Word) / Helen Paynter
  • 1. Western education positively challenging faith healing: the case of the apostles of Johanne Marange of Zimbabwe / Paul Chimhungwe
  • 2. From Christian witness to Christianism: Thomas Merton, ideology and religious violence / Matthew Feldman
  • 3. The pop of cherries and weasels: virgins, violence, and the Bible / Johanna Stiebert
  • 4. Loving the enemy and mob justice in Malawi: a contextual reading of Luke 6.27-29 / Louis W. Ndekha
  • 5. 'Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations of the heavens trembled and quaked, because he was angry': misogyny, the bible, and environmental violence / Charlotte Thomas
  • 6. Jeremiah and Israels's (new?) promised land: reading Jeremiah 29 as a challenge to the new Christian zionism / Aaron R. Woods
  • 7. The 'lucky' victim: current rape narratives and the virgin daughter of Judges 19 / Alexiana Fry
  • 8. The monstrous, the prophetic and the enduring: Yahweh's servants of horror and grace in Jeremiah 25 .1-14 / Lissa M. Wray Beal
  • 9. Did Abraham pass the test? Unbinding the Adeqah from the straitjacket of tradition / J. Richard Middleton
  • 10. The avenger and the perpetrator: a study of mimetic doubles in the biblical rape narratives (Genesis 34; Judges 19; 2 Samuel 13) / Francis Mathew
  • 11. Carnivalesque in Genesis 19: Reproduction and hosipitality in an inverted world / Jennifer Lehmann
  • 12. The violence of the god of peace and the peace of a violent humanity: reading divine and human violence in Paul's letter to the Romans / Scott C. Ryan
  • 13. The message of the prophets: peace through violence? / Jerry E. Shepherd
  • 14. Ancient post-war rituals as a ritual aid for trauma: honour through violence and justice from Psalm 58 / Lodewyk Sutton.
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  • 9781914490194 ((hardcover))
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