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Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice
England, Emma and William John Lyons, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2015 pp. 296. $120.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 615


Description: How do we begin to carry out such a vast task-the examination of three millennia of diverse uses and influences of the biblical texts? Where can the interested scholar find information on methods and techniques applicable to the many and varied ways in which these have happened? Through a series of examples of reception history practitioners at work and of their reflections this volume sets the agenda for biblical reception, as it begins to chart the near-infinite series of complex interpretive 'events' that have been generated by the journey of the biblical texts down through the centuries. The chapters consider aspects as diverse as political and economic factors, cultural location, the discipline of Biblical Studies, and the impact of scholarly preconceptions, upon reception history. Topics covered include biblical figures and concepts, contemporary music, paintings, children's Bibles, and interpreters as diverse as Calvin, Lenin, and Nick Cave.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Social-Scientific Approaches, History of Interpretation

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Review by C. L. Seow
Published 11/4/2016
Citation: C. L. Seow, review of Emma England and William John Lyons, eds., Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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