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Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism


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The Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism (RIPBC) series features volumes that engage substantially with Biblical literature from perspectives not traditionally associated with Biblical studies. This series aims at employing the best tools, theories, and insights from the sciences, philosophy, and beyond to yield fresh and demonstrable insights from the Biblical texts and from Biblical criticism itself.

Volumes in this series will typically have a dual emphasis between a field of study and Biblical scholarship, and accomplish at least one of the following:

  • Demonstrate why a particular field of study enables new insights in reading select biblical passages, texts, or corpora
  • Show how Biblical texts have anticipated themes and issues later approached in other disciplines, and can serve as an ancient conversation partner, or prescient critique, of those areas of study
  • Explain how a field of study offers a parallel insight into the methods or findings of Biblical criticism  

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Thinking Sex with the Great Whore: Deviant Sexualities and Empire in the Book of Revelation

Thinking Sex with the Great Whore: Deviant Sexualities and Empire in the Book of Revelation

1st Edition

Luis Menéndez-Antuña
April 17, 2018

Many scholars in Biblical and Revelation studies have written at length about the imperial and patriarchal implications of the figure of the Whore of Babylon. However, much of the focus has been on the links to the Roman Empire and ancient attitudes towards gender. This book adds another layer to...

Epistemology and Biblical Theology: From the Pentateuch to Mark’s Gospel

Epistemology and Biblical Theology: From the Pentateuch to Mark’s Gospel

1st Edition

Dru Johnson
July 27, 2017

Epistemology and Biblical Theology pursues a coherent theory of knowledge as described across the Pentateuch and Mark's Gospel. As a work from the emerging field of philosophical criticism, this volume explores in each biblical text both narrative and paraenesis to assess what theory of knowledge...

Cain, Abel, and the Politics of God: An Agambenian reading of Genesis 4:1-16

Cain, Abel, and the Politics of God: An Agambenian reading of Genesis 4:1-16

1st Edition

Julián Andrés González Holguín
July 11, 2017

The Genesis story of Cain’s murder of Abel is often told as a simplistic contrast between the innocence of Abel and the evil of Cain. This book subverts that reading of the Biblical text by utilising Giorgio Agamben’s concepts of homo sacer, the state of exception and the idea of sovereignty to...

Biblical Narratives of Israelites and their Neighbors: Strangers at the Gate

Biblical Narratives of Israelites and their Neighbors: Strangers at the Gate

1st Edition

Adriane Leveen
June 14, 2017

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, strangers are indispensable to the formation of a collective Israelite identity. Encounters between the Israelites and their neighbors are among the most urgent matters explored in biblical narratives, yet relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to them....

Paul and Death: A Question of Psychological Coping

Paul and Death: A Question of Psychological Coping

1st Edition

Linda Joelsson
November 17, 2016

The concept of death, particularly violent death, is prevalent throughout the writings of Paul the Apostle. His letters in the New Testament address this topic from a variety of perspectives, some of which can appear to be almost contradictory. However, this need not be problematic. Paul and Death ...

Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible: The Ways the Bible Challenges Its Gender Norms

Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible: The Ways the Bible Challenges Its Gender Norms

1st Edition

Amy Kalmanofsky
October 31, 2016

Though the Hebrew Bible often reflects and constructs a world that privileges men, many of its narratives play extensively with the gender norms of the society in which they were written. Drawing from feminist, masculinity and queer studies, Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible uses close literary...

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