This volume examines the Bible's role in the modern world - beginning with a treatment of its production and distribution that discusses publishers, printers, text critics, and translators and continuing with a presentation of new methods of studying the text that have emerged, including historical, literary, social-scientific, feminist, postcolonial, liberal, and fundamentalist readings. There is a full discussion of the changes in understandings of and approaches to the Bible in various faith communities. The dissemination of the Bible throughout the globe has also produced a host of new interpretations, and this volume provides a comprehensive geographical survey of its reception. In the final chapters, the authors offer a thematic overview of the Bible in relation to literature, art, film, science, and other disciplines. They demonstrate that, in spite of challenges to the Bible's authority in western Europe, it remains highly relevant and influential, not least in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
John Riches is Emeritus Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow. His publications include The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (2000), Conflicting Mythologies: Identity Formation in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew (2000) and Galatians through the Centuries (2008).
Introduction John Riches; Part I. Producing the Text: 1. Critical editions and the development of text-critical methods, part 2: from Lachmann (1831) to the present Eldon Epp; 2. Producing the text: production and distribution of popular editions of the Bible Leslie Howsam and Scott McLaren; 3. Translations of the Bible and the cultural impulse Lamin Sanneh; Part II. New Modes of Study of the Bible: 4. The History of Religions School Wayne A. Meeks; 5. The archaeological study of the Bible Keith Whitelam; 6. Source, form, redaction, and literary criticism Janice Capel Anderson; 7. Social-scientific readings Halvor Moxnes; 8. Reception history Ian Boxall; 9. The uses of the Bible in theology W. T. Dickens; 10. Idealist/Hegelian readings Peter C. Hodgson; 11. Liberal readings of the Bible and their conservative responses Mark Chapman; 12. The use of the Bible in dialectical theology Timothy Gorringe; 13. Existential(ist) interpretation of the New Testament Robert Morgan; 14. Liberationist readings of the Bible Christopher Rowland; 15. Feminist readings Jorunn Okland; 16. Postcolonial readings Stephen D. Moore; 17. Jewish readings of the Bible Marc Zvi Brettler and Edward Breuer; 18. The Bible in philosophy and hermeneutics Werner G. Jeanrond; 19. Fundamentalist readings of the Bible Harriet Harris; Part III. Reception of the Bible Geographically: 20. The Bible in Africa Gerald West; 21. The Bible in North America Mark Noll; 22. The Bible in Latin America Nestor Miguez and Daniel Bruno; 23. The Bible in Asia R. S. Sugirtharajah; 24. The Bible in Europe David Thompson; Part IV. Reception of the Bible Confessionally: 25. The Bible in the Orthodox Church from the seventeenth century to the present day Konstantinos Skouteris and Constantine Belezos; 26. The reception of the Bible in Roman Catholic tradition Peter Neuner; 27. The Bible in Protestantism from 1750 to 2000 Mark W. Elliott; 28. New churches: Pentecostals and the Bible Edmund J. Rybarczyk; 29. The Bible in interfaith dialogue S. Wesley Ariarajah; Part V. Thematic Overview: Reception and Use of the Bible, 1750-2000: 30. The Bible in society Willard M. Swartley; 31. The Bible in literature Elena Volkova; 32. The Bible in film Gaye Ortiz and William R. Telford; 33. The Bible in music Tassilo Erhardt; 34. The Bible in art Michael Wheeler; 35. The Bible and science Nicolaas A. Rupke; 36. The Bible and hymnody J. R. Watson; Conclusion John Riches.