The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible
Edited by Michael Lieb, Emma Mason, Jonathan Roberts, and Christopher Rowland
The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible presents reception history as an enterprise (not a method) that questions and understands tradition afresh. In recent decades, reception history has become an increasingly important and controversial topic of discussion in biblical studies. Rather than attempting to recover the original meaning of biblical texts, reception history focuses on exploring the history of interpretation. The breadth of material and hermeneutical issues that reception history engages with questions any narrow understanding of the history of the Bible and its effects on faith communities. The challenge that reception history faces is to explore tradition without either reducing its meaning to what faith communities think is important, or merely offering anthologies of interesting historical interpretations. This book consciously allows for the interplay of the traditional and the new through a two-part structure. Part One comprises a set of essays surveying the outline, form, and content of twelve key biblical books that have been influential in the history of interpretation. Part Two offers a series of in-depth case studies of the interpretation of particular key biblical passages or books with due regard for the specificity of their social, cultural or aesthetic context. These case studies span two millennia of interpretation by readers with widely differing perspectives. Some are at the level of a group response, while others examine individual approaches to texts. Several articles examine historical moments, while others look to wider themes, and still others study in detail the works of popular figures who have used the Bible to provide inspiration for their creativity.
- Oxford University Press
- Print Publication Date:
- Jan 2011
- Published online:
- May 2011