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The Afterlife in the Bible and Popular Culture  

Greg Garrett

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Dec 2020
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Dec 2020
This article explores beliefs about the afterlife and how they are informed by religious and cultural narratives. If the Bible contains little definite information about Heaven, Hell, and ... More

Animal Studies, Feminism, and Biblical Interpretation  

Ken Stone

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
What can animal studies contribute to feminist biblical interpretation? This essay explores this question by calling attention to the role of feminist and gender analysis in contemporary ... More

Apocalypse and Video Games  

Rachel Wagner

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Dec 2020
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Dec 2020
Though it might seem surprising at first, video games can work a lot like apocalypses. Both offer imaginary visits to otherworldly spaces that were designed to offer metaphysical comfort. ... More

Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles  

Jennifer Eyl

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Nov 2019
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Oct 2019
The chapter examines the feminization of elite pagan men in Apocryphal Acts of Andrew. It argues that the ancient author constructs ascetic Christianity as the ideal realization of ... More

Bathsheba in Contemporary Romance Novels  

Sara M. Koenig

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
The biblical texts about Bathsheba have notorious gaps, even by the laconic standards of Hebrew narrative. Post-biblical receptions of the story flesh out the terse chapters of 2 Samuel ... More

The Bible and Anti‐Semitism  

Tobias Nicklas

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
This article examines the misuse of biblical texts in order to underpin the ideology of an ‘Aryan’ or ‘German Christendom’. Seen against the backdrop of anti-Semitic ideologies, it asks to ... More

The Bible and Human Rights from a Feminist Perspective  

Carole R. Fontaine

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
This essay explores the socially restrictive traditions that cause scriptural groups to reject the idea of universal rights and equal access to economic, social and cultural rights. This ... More

The Bible and Iconography  

Albert C. Labriola

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
In line with its Greek etymology, ‘iconography’ refers to all forms of visual images, including any material means of artistic representation. Religious iconography typically refers to ... More

The Bible in Pop and Rock Music  

Michael J. Gilmour

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Dec 2020
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Dec 2020
The Bible is ubiquitous in pop and rock music of the 1960s through to the present. This is surprising given that the art forms subsumed under these catchall categories are typically ... More

The Bible, Women, and Video Games  

Linda S. Schearing

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
In recent years much has been written about religion, gender, and video games. Indeed, video game worlds often give concrete expression to powerful mythic themes. The video game Bioshock is ... More

Biblical Border Slippage and Feminist Postcolonial Criticism  

Judith E. McKinlay

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
The essay takes as its cue the biblical figures of Eve and Wisdom, both of whom slip through the divine/human border. Eve brings knowledge of good and evil and Wisdom offers a concern for ... More

Biblical Interpretation and Kyriarchal Globalization  

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
Feminist biblical studieaas engage both wo/men and gender studies for their work, but the feminist analysis is not identical with and cannot be limited to gender studies. Rather, feminist ... More

Biblical Prophecy and Popular Fantasy and Science Fiction  

David G. Garber Jr.

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Dec 2020
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Dec 2020
Prophets and prophecy pervade American popular culture, particularly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. The history of reception of prophetic literature through a dominant ... More

The Biblical Theme of Covenant and American Popular Culture from Colonial Times to Comic Books  

Terry R. Clark

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Dec 2020
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Dec 2020
American civil religion incorporates a nostalgic version of biblical Israel’s covenant with their patron deity, Yahweh, imagining the United States as a new Israel. This new myth reflects ... More

Bob Dylan's Bible  

Michael J. Gilmour

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
Few contemporary artists have endured so long, reinvented themselves so frequently and successfully (folk, rock, country, gospel music), and contributed in such diverse media (music, film, ... More

The Book of Jonah in Graphic Novel Adaptations of the Bible  

Scott S. Elliott

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Dec 2020
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Dec 2020
This chapter defines graphic Bibles in relation to comics and graphic novels, identifying key aspects that impact the reader’s experience of the biblical material. Graphic Bibles are ... More

Catholic Androcentric Bible Translations as Global Missionary Tools?  

Carol J. Dempsey OP

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
For centuries Catholic biblical scholars translated the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek books of the Bible into English with the goal of producing even “better” translations than before. Yet ... More

Celibacy and Virginity  

B. Diane Lipsett

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Nov 2019
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Oct 2019
Several of the earliest Christian texts about celibacy and virginity introduce a kind of instability with respect to their social application. If marriage, sexual relations, and ... More

The Challenge of Feminist Bible Translations in African Contexts  

Dora R. Mbuwayesango

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Dec 2020
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Nov 2020
The essay surveys how Bible translations produced by modern colonial missionaries distorted African cultures and religions with special focus on the Shona people of Zimbabwe. It also ... More

The Colonizing Other: The Japanese Challenge for Postcolonial Biblical Criticism  

Emily Anderson

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Feb 2019
This chapter provides an overview of the key historical factors that led Japanese Christians to develop their beliefs and practices in the context of early twentieth-century Japan. It ... More

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