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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:

Mladen Popović and Marijn Vandenberghe (Groningen, The Netherlands). First Jewish Revolt
"Another of the very commendable entries of all those worthy of commendation is that on the First Jewish Revolt. Whilst this is not a lengthy entry it nonetheless includes everything relevant to any modern discussion of the Revolt that saw the destruction of Jerusalem in the First Century CE."
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Anthony Swindell (Llanidloes, United Kingdom). James Joyce
"James Joyce is introduced thusly and his presence in a volume devoted to Biblical Reception history is justified fully by Anthony Swindell, “One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, James Joyce (b. 1882, Rathgar, Ireland – d. 1941, Zurich) was also a voracious reader and true polymath, extraordinarily well informed about the leading biblical scholarship of his day, as well as about various more recondite and delinquent byways.” Swindell then demonstrates through numerous examples what scholarship was as Joyce encountered it."
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Peter T. Chattaway (Vancouver, BC, Canada). Judah (Son of Jacob) VI. Film
"Judah (both the persons and the place) are investigated and explicated. The eight persons named Judah in the biblical text and the land taking its name from the Patriarch receive thorough historical investigation. Even if that means turning to Iranian television and its treatment of Jacob (and Joseph) in the entry on Judah (Son of Jacob): “The Iranian TV series Yousuf e Payambar (dir. Farajollah Salahshoor, 2008, Prophet Joseph) tells the story of Joseph and his brothers in a way that reflects modern Middle Eastern tensions. Jacob and Joseph are depicted here as two in a line of Muslim prophets, while Judah – who once again takes the lead in trying to kill Joseph when he’s younger – privately declares at the end of the series that it is his descendants, rather than Joseph’s, that will determine the fate of their clan: “The children of Israel will be called Judaists, not Josephists,” he says ominously.”"
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