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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781118241134

Publisher's Description

The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture providesreaders with a concise, readable and scholarly introduction totwenty-first century approaches to the Bible.
  • Consists of 30 articles written by distinguished specialistsfrom around the world
  • Draws on interdisciplinary and international examples toexplore how the Bible has impacted on all the major social contextswhere it has been influential – ancient, medieval and modern,world-wide
  • Gives examples of how the Bible has influenced literature, art,music, history, religious studies, politics, ecology andsociology
  • Each article is accompanied by a comprehensivebibliography
  • Offers guidance on how to read the Bible and its manyinterpretations

Author Bio

John F. A. Sawyer is Emeritus Professor of ReligiousStudies at Newcastle University and of Biblical and Jewish Studiesat Lancaster. Among his many publications are Sacred Textsand Sacred Meanings (2011), A Concise Dictionary of theBible and its Reception (2009), and The Fifth Gospel.Isaiah in the History of Christianity (1996). He is co-editorof the Concise Encyclopedia of Language and Religion (withJ. M. Y. Simpson, 2001), and series editor (with ChristopherRowland, Judith Kovacs and David Gunn) of thereception-history-based Blackwell Bible Commentary Series.

Editorial Reviews

“As most of the contributors are not trained primarily asbiblical scholars, the fresh perspective they bring will benefitspecialists and non-specialists alike.”  (ReligiousStudies Review, 1 September 2014)

“WithThe Blackwell Companion to the New Testament highlyrecommended for its biblical scholarship, The Blackwell Companionto the Bible and Culture seems more reader-friendly but just asthorough as indicated by its ample citations and impressivebibliographies at the end of each chapter. Both books also makeexcellent reference guides without overlapping. i.e., Instead ofpresenting approaches that influence our understanding of abiblical text,The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Cultureshows the influence of the Bible on literature, art, music,psychology, and even history and politics.”  (BibleReviewer, 7 December 2013)

"Perusing this well-edited, fully indexed Companion is anexhilarating experience that is likely to lead readers to offer asincere, if breathless, thanks to all involved in its creation."(Choice)

"An intriguing and highly engaging set of articles whichdemonstrate clearly how much of the world's culture has been, andis, permeated with biblical imagery, ideas and influences."(Journal for the Study of the New Testament)

This volume is a delight, full of interest and surprises. Itcontains a wealth of fine scholarship made readable and the book ishighly recommended … Immensely varied, accessible, andfascinating." (Journal of Contemporary Religion)

"A sweeping and magnanimous overview … admirably achievesits goal with wit, aplomb, and a disciplinary breadth that is alltoo rare in biblical studies today … A welcome addition tothe growing corpus of literature on the important relationship(s)between the Bible and culture." (Review of BiblicalLiterature)

"A unique manual that demonstrates that biblical studies are nolonger done exclusively in departments of theology."(International Review of Biblical Studies)

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