The Bible and Disability: A Commentary
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The Bible and Disability: A Commentary  -     By: Sarah J. Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons, Amos Yong

The Bible and Disability: A Commentary

Baylor University Press / 2017 / Paperback

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The Bible and Disability: A Commentary (BDC) is the first comprehensive commentary on the Bible from the perspective of disability. The BDC examines how the Bible constructs or reflects human wholeness, impairment, and disability in all their expressions. Biblical texts do envision the ideal body, but they also present visions of the body that deviate from this ideal, whether physically or through cognitive impairments or mental illness. The BDC engages the full range of these depictions of body and mind, exploring their meaning through close readings and comparative analysis.  

The BDC enshrines the distinctive interpretive imagination required to span the worlds of biblical studies and disability studies. Each of the fourteen contributors has worked at this intersection; and through their combined expertise, the very best of both biblical studies and disability studies culminates in detailed textual work of description, interpretation, and application to provide a synthetic and synoptic whole. The result is a close reading of the Bible that gives long-overdue attention to the fullness of human identity narrated in the Scriptures.

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Title: The Bible and Disability: A Commentary
By: Sarah J. Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons, Amos Yong
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 475
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 9 ounces
ISBN: 1602586217
ISBN-13: 9781602586215
Series: Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability
Stock No: WW586215

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The Bible and Disability: A Commentary (BDC) is the first comprehensive commentary on the Bible from the perspective of disability. The BDC examines how the Bible constructs or reflects human wholeness, impairment, and disability in all their expressions. Biblical texts do envision the ideal body, but they also present visions of the body that deviate from this ideal, whether physically or through cognitive impairments or mental illness. The BDC engages the full range of these depictions of body and mind, exploring their meaning through close readings and comparative analysis.
 
The BDC enshrines the distinctive interpretive imagination required to span the worlds of biblical studies and disability studies. Each of the fourteen contributors has worked at this intersection; and through their combined expertise, the very best of both biblical studies and disability studies culminates in detailed textual work of description, interpretation, and application to provide a synthetic and synoptic whole. The result is a close reading of the Bible that gives long-overdue attention to the fullness of human identity narrated in the Scriptures.

Author Bio

Sarah J. Melcher is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Scriptures at Xavier University.

Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair of Religion at Baylor University.

Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Editorial Reviews

This groundbreaking volume brings the perspectives of disability studies to the interpretation of the Bible. Conceived and written by a team of scholars, the essays in this work scan the entirety of the Bible, zeroing in on key passages and motifs with special relevance for the topic.


A stimulating collection of diverse essays, which are suggestive and engaging for anyone who is fairly new to this field.


An exceedingly valuable collection.


…A valuable teaching and research resource for years to come.

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