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Rethinking Biblical Literacy
Edwards, Katie, editor

London: Bloomsbury, 2015 pp. xiv + 218. $39.95


Description: What do people know about the Bible, and how much do they know? The media often discusses the worrying 'decline' in biblical literacy, but what does this really mean, and how can we measure this assumed 'decline'? How can we go about teaching 'biblical literacy', and about teaching teachers how to teach it? Rethinking Biblical Literacy explores the question of biblical literacy, examining the Bible's use, influence and impact in advertising, street art, poetry, popular erotic literature, Irish and UK secondary education, stand-up comedy and The Simpsons TV series to display the different types of literacy and knowledge of the Bible. Katie B. Edwards brings together several specialists in the cultural use, impact and influence of the Bible to examine the contested nature of biblical literacy and to explore the variety of ways of 'knowing' about the Bible. The picture created is one of a broad range and at times surprising depth of knowledge about what remains arguably the most influential collection of texts ever to be published.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Valarie H. Ziegler
Published 8/4/2016
Citation: Valarie H. Ziegler, review of Katie Edwards, ed., Rethinking Biblical Literacy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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