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The First World War and the Mobilization of Biblical Scholarship
Mein, Andrew, Nathan MacDonald and Matthew A. Collins, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2019 pp. x + 307. $114.00

Series Information
Scriptural Traces: Critical Perspectives on the Reception and Influence of the Bible, 15

Description: This fascinating collection of essays charts, for the first time, the range of responses by scholars on both sides of the conflict to the outbreak of war in August 1914. The volume examines how biblical scholars, like their compatriots from every walk of life, responded to the great crisis they faced, and, with relatively few exceptions, were keen to contribute to the war effort. Some joined up as soldiers. More commonly, however, biblical scholars and theologians put pen to paper as part of the torrent of patriotic publication that arose both in the United Kingdom and in Germany. The contributors reveal that, in many cases, scholars were repeating or refining common arguments about the responsibility for the war. In Germany and Britain, where the Bible was still central to a Protestant national culture, we also find numerous more specialized works, where biblical scholars brought their own disciplinary expertise to bear on the matter of war in general, and this war in particular. The volume's contributors thus offer new insights into the place of both the Bible and biblical scholarship in early 20th-century culture. Contributors include Lukas Bormann, Mark D. Chapman, Matthew A. Collins, James Crossley, Timothy J. Demy, Jan Willem van Henten, Susannah Heschel, TomŠs Irish, Paul Michael Kurtz, Nathan MacDonald, Suzanne L. Marchand, Andrew Mein, and Hugh S. Pyper.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches, Reception History

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Review by Rhiannon Graybill
Published 2/6/2020
Citation: Rhiannon Graybill, review of Andrew Mein, Nathan MacDonald, and Matthew A. Collins, eds., The First World War and the Mobilization of Biblical Scholarship, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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