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The Bible on Violence.
A Thick Description.
Edited by Helen Paynter, Michael Spalione
In June 2019 the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV) held its inaugural academic conference, and we are delighted to present this collection of papers drawn from those presented at the event. The centre is a postgraduate research and study centre dedicated to working in the area of the interpretation of biblical texts of violence. This wide-ranging collection reflects the centre’s core values of generous collaboration, irenic listening, and multidisciplinary scholarship.
Biblical violence presents a complex challenge to the biblical interpreter, the cultural commentator and to belief communities. In the pluriformity of interpretative approaches, the violent texts of the Bible have been taken up in ways that sometimes advance and sometimes challenge violence. Thus, biblical violence cannot be ‘solved’ by the application of a single hermeneutical lens: this is a multidisciplinary and intercommunal problem requiring a range of approaches.
With contributions from both emerging and established academics, and scholars from several different belief traditions, and none, this volume both offers and models a ‘thick description’ of biblical violence. Two papers, including our keynote address from James Crossley, critically consider the use of biblical texts for the promotion of violence. A cluster of papers offer novel interpretive approaches to a wide range of texts of biblical violence, from both testaments and a range of genres. A further section brings the Bible into conversation with diverse elements of modern violence, from Grenfell Tower to suicide bombing. In the final part, the focus is on sexual violence, including a critical discourse analysis of divorce sermons and an exploration of the value to modern abuse survivors of naming Jesus as the victim of sexual abuse.
List of Contributors ix
TOWARDS A THICK DESCRIPTION OF BIBLICAL VIOLENCE
Helen Paynter 3
APPROPRIATION OF THE BIBLE FOR VIOLENCE
JOHN BALL AND THE BIBLE OF VIOLENCE
IN THE 1381 ENGLISH UPRISING
James Crossley 17
ON THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF IMITATING BIBLICAL VIOLENCE
Matthew Rowley 42
READING BIBLICAL VIOLENCE
THE MIDRASH OF LILITH:
A CHRISTIAN ADOPTION OF JEWISH FEMINIST HERMENEUTICAL
RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE IN WOMEN’S NARRATIVES
Charlotte Trombin 65
MILITANCE, MOTHERHOOD, AND MASCULINISATION:
HOW IS GENDER CONSTRUCTED IN JUDGES 4 AND 5?
Will Moore 90
‘HE DID NOT KNOW WHEN SHE LAY DOWN OR WHEN SHE ROSE’:
LOT’S DAUGHTERS AS RESOURCEFUL TRICKSTERS
Hannah Kate Capey 106
REDEEMING PENINNAH: EXPLORING ISSUES OF POWER,
PRIVILEGE AND VICTIMHOOD IN 1 SAMUEL 1 AND 2
Margaret Blakey 130
BETWEEN THE SONG OF SONGS AND LAMENTATIONS:
VIOLENCE IN THE DIVINE–HUMAN RELATIONSHIP
Deborah Kahn-Harris 146
THE OLD TESTAMENT’S PUZZLING TREATMENT
OF PERSIAN VIOLENCE
Peter Hatton 157
A CHARTER FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
THE SUBORDINATION OF SLAVES AND WIVES IN 1 PETER
Steve Carter 168
A NONVIOLENT READING OF VIOLENT TEXTS:
AN INTRODUCTION INTO THREE RECENT ANABAPTIST APPROACHES
Daniël Drost 191
THE BIBLE IN CONVERSATION WITH MODERN VIOLENCE
YOU CAN PULL PEOPLE OUT OF THE FIRE
BUT WHY DID IT START IN THE FIRST PLACE?
LOCATING GRENFELL BETWEEN THE POWERS AND THE CROSS
Charlotte Moore 205
‘I WILL HEAR THEIR CRY’:
ON LAND AND THE PILGRIM CHURCH
Michael Spalione 217
SUNDAY SCHOOL HERO OR SUICIDE BOMBER?
READING SAMSON RESPONSIBLY
Peter King 238
RE-IDENTIFYING THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE OF THE BIBLE:
A CRITICAL READING OF PAST COMMENTARY AND ITS SUPPORT
OF RAPE MYTH WITHIN CHRISTIAN TEACHING
Monica Jones 261
#METOO JESUS: NAMING JESUS AS A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE
Jayme R. Reaves and David Tombs 282
RAPE CULTURE IN SERMONS ON DIVORCE
Valerie Hobbs 309
Index of References 363
Index of Authors 368