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The Bible and Its Reception



Scholars are increasingly interested in overarching contexts of how biblical texts, motifs, figures, places etc. were perceived in a variety of disciplines, including biblical exegesis, church history, art history, history of literature, music and film, history of religions and so forth.

De Gruyter provides you with an array of publications in the area of Bible and biblical Reception.

These publications are unique because they cover the …

  • significant impact of the Bible on culture
  • the many periods in the long history of biblical reception
  • the interdisciplinary, intercultural and global developments in the field

They offer general to in-depth analyses of the impact of the Bible on culture. Their focus is interdisciplinary, intercultural and global.

The internationally acclaimed Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR) is a reference work which provides a comprehensive overview of an extensive range of biblical and religious topics as well as their reception.

It is accompanied by a range of additional publications. In addition, De Gruyter publishes leading international and inter-confessional periodicals in the fields of Old Testament, Early Judaism, New Testament and Early Patristics:

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Here is some of what biblioblogger Jim West recommends for you to read in the current volume of EBR:

Lynn R. Huber (Elon, N.C., USA). Lesbian Interpretation of the Bible II. Christianity
"‘Complicating the task of identifying lesbian biblical interpretation in Christian history are the questions of 1) what constitutes lesbian identity; 2) whether an interpreter must self-identify as a lesbian to engage in lesbian biblical interpretation; and 3) whether or not the content of the biblical text must reference a female same-sex relationship to constitute lesbian interpretation.’ After commencing her contribution thusly, Huber cites various studies and monographs which attempt to demonstrate lesbian protagonists within NT texts (like Mary and Martha, one such study opines). ‘Interpretations of NT texts from a lesbian perspective appear less frequently than similar readings of Hebrew Bible traditions,’ she asserts."

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Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch (St. Davids, Pa., USA). Levi (Son of Jacob) VI. Film
"In her discussion of Levi in Film, Burnette-Bletsch observes that ‘Jacob’s son Levi is a common, but largely undifferentiated character in most Joseph films.’ However, ‘Levi is much more prominently featured in films that include or focus upon Dinah and the Shechemite massacre (Gen 34).’ The material the author provides is quite intriguing and makes me want to had seen the films she mentioned."

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John E. Anderson (Aberdeen, S.Dak., USA). Lie, Lying I. Ancient Near East
"Anderson’s examination of the concept of deception in the ancient Near East features a survey of some of the more important literature and how those texts address the issue of lying. Anderson also notices that YHWH both condemns deception and is complicit in deception at various times. Anderson has produced a very informative entry and the ideal launch point for the other segments of the entry."

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Robert Rezetko (St. Andrews, United Kingdom). Linguistic Dating (Hebrew Bible)
"Rezetko, perhaps one of three people working today who is most knowledgeable about the subject of his entry, observes ‘Linguistic dating in biblical studies deals with ascribing absolute or relative dates of origin to sources, passages, books, or groups of books on the basis of their language properties, separate from or combined with other dating factors such as historical references or literary dependences.’ Afterwards he shows readers the state of the question and concludes ‘… the field is currently experiencing a change of direction toward a more technically rigorous descriptive approach to language variation and change in ancient Hebrew that incorporates more conventional historical linguistic and sociolinguistic approaches, including facets of corpus linguistics.’ There is much to learn here."

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