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T&T Clark Handbook of Children in the Bible and the Biblical World
Betsworth, Sharon and Julie Faith Parker, editors

London: T&T Clark, 2019 pp. xxi + 467. $176.00

Description: This ground-breaking volume examines the presentation and role of children in the ancient world, and specifically in ancient Jewish and Christian texts. With carefully commissioned chapters that follow chronological and canonical progression, a sequential reading of this book enables deeper appreciation of how understandings of children change over time. Divided into four sections, this handbook first offers an overview of key methodological approaches employed in the study of children in the biblical world, and the texts at hand. Three further sections examine crucial texts in which children or discussions of childhood are featured; presented along chronological lines, with sections on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, the Intertestamental Literature, and the New Testament and Early Christian Apocrypha. Relevant not only to biblical studies but also cross-disciplinary scholars interested in children in antiquity. Contributors include Reidar Aasgaard, Amy Lindeman Allen, Sharon Betsworth, Tony Burke, Heath D. Dewrell, Ericka S. Dunbar, Kathleen Gallagher Elkins, Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Judith M. Gundry, Dong Sung Kim, John W. Martens, A. James Murphy, Kenneth N. Ngwa, Julie Faith Parker, Anna Rebecca SolevŚg, Laurel W. Koepf Taylor, and Stephen M. Wilson.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Jonathan Schofer
Published 2/20/2020
Citation: Jonathan Schofer, review of Sharon Betsworth and Julie Faith Parker, eds., T&T Clark Handbook of Children in the Bible and the Biblical World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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