Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice

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Emma England, William John Lyons
Bloomsbury Publishing, May 21, 2015 - Religion - 256 pages
How do we begin to carry out such a vast task-the examination of three millennia of diverse uses and influences of the biblical texts? Where can the interested scholar find information on methods and techniques applicable to the many and varied ways in which these have happened?

Through a series of examples of reception history practitioners at work and of their reflections this volume sets the agenda for biblical reception, as it begins to chart the near-infinite series of complex interpretive 'events' that have been generated by the journey of the biblical texts down through the centuries. The chapters consider aspects as diverse as political and economic factors, cultural location, the discipline of Biblical Studies, and the impact of scholarly preconceptions, upon reception history. Topics covered include biblical figures and concepts, contemporary music, paintings, children's Bibles, and interpreters as diverse as Calvin, Lenin, and Nick Cave.


Explorations in the Reception of the Bible Emma England
Conceptualizing Reception History
What is Reception History and What Happens to You
The End of Reception History a Grand Narrative for Biblical
Reflections on
The Head of John and its Reception or How
Lenin Calvin and Nick Cave Roland
Tracing Patmos Through the Centuries Ian Boxall
Digital Humanities and Reception History or the Joys
Layers of Reception of Jephthahs Daughter Judges
The Story of Leonard Cohens Who by Fire a Prayer
Time to cut him down to size? A Critical Examination
Reception History and

What Can a Text Do? Reception History as an Ethology
The End of Biblical Interpretation the Beginning
Prospects of a New Frontier

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About the author (2015)

Emma England is Guest Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her publications include work in children's Bibles and comics.

William John Lyons is Lecturer in New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

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