Perspectives on the Passion: Encountering the Bible through the Arts
Joynes, Christine E., editor
New York: T & T Clark, 2007 pp. xviii + 206. $140.00
Library of New Testament Studies, 381
Description: There is a growing recognition of the importance of investigating the reception history (or ‘afterlives’) of biblical texts. How people have interpreted and been influenced by the Bible is often as interesting and historically important as what the text may have originally meant. Reception history is interdisciplinary by nature, examining material from a wide variety of contexts and media, and incorporating readings outside the academy, from both church and culture. This is a distinctive feature, broadening the horizons of material traditionally classed as ‘biblical interpretation’. So artists, writers and composers are included as biblical interpreters alongside the academic and the religious believer.
The present volume aims to contribute to this broad field of interest by focusing on the theme of the reception history of the passion narratives. The contributors highlight the varying cultural contexts of differing biblical interpretations of the Passion narratives, ranging from ‘Christian Cannibalism and Human(e) Sacrifice: The Passion and the Conversion of the Aztecs’ (Prof. Lara, Yale University) to ‘Emblem and Irony: Passion Narrative in Post-Reformation Hymnody’ (Prof. Watson, Durham University) to The Passion in Early Christian Art (Prof. Robin Jensen, Vanderbilt University). Significant hermeneutical questions are thereby raised about interpretation of the passion narratives.
Table Of Contents
Introduction - Dr Christine Joynes (University of Oxford, UK)
‘Effective History’ and Art: A Hermeneutical Study with Examples from the Passion Narrative - Prof. Ulrich Luz (University of Bern, Switzerland)
He Who Hesitates is Human: Literary Portrayals of the Gesthemane 'Moment' - Prof. Peter Hawkins (Boston University, USA)
The Transforming Power of the Cross - Prof. Timothy Gorringe (University of Exeter, UK)
The Passion in Early Christian Art - Prof. Robin Jensen (Vanderbilt University, USA)
From Nativity to Resurrection: Musical and Exegetical Resonances in the Good Friday Chants Domine audiui and Qui habitat - Dr Emma Hornby (University of Durham, UK)
In Persona Mariae: Singing the Song of Songs as a Passion Commentary - Dr William Flynn (University of Leeds, UK)
Emblem and Irony: Passion Narrative in Post-Reformation Hymnody - Prof. J.R. Watson (University of Durham, UK)
Christian Cannibalism and Human(e) Sacrifice: The Passion and the Conversion of the Aztecs - Prof. Jaime Lara (Yale University, USA)
The Mass and the Stage: Sacrifice and Murder in Othello - Prof. Regina Schwartz (Northwestern University, USA)
Bad Friday - Sara Maitland (freelance author)
Afterword - Prof. Nancy Macky (Westminster College, Pennsylvania, USA)
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation
Review by Lee Jefferson
Citation: Lee Jefferson, review of Christine E. Joynes, ed., Perspectives on the Passion: Encountering the Bible through the Arts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
Review by Christopher Rowland
Citation: Christopher Rowland, review of Christine E. Joynes, ed., Perspectives on the Passion: Encountering the Bible through the Arts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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