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This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies
Avalos, Hector, Sarah Melcher and Jeremy Schipper, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007 pp. ix + 244. $29.95

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Description: The burgeoning field of disability studies has recently emerged within the humanities and social sciences and, as a result, disability is no longer seen as the biological condition of an individual body but as a complex product of social, political, environmental, and biological discourses. The groundbreaking essays of This Abled Body engage biblical studies in conversation with the wider field of disability studies. They explore the use of the conceptual category disability in biblical and Near Eastern texts and examine how conceptions of disability become a means of narrating, interpreting, and organizing human life. Employing diverse approaches to biblical criticism, scholars explore methodological issues and specific texts related to physical and cognitive disabilities. Responses to the essays by established disability activists and academics working in the social sciences and humanities conclude the volume. The contributors are Martin Albl, Hector Avalos, Bruce C. Birch, Carole R. Fontaine, Thomas Hentrich, Nicole Kelley, Janet Lees, Sarah J. Melcher, David Mitchell, Jeremy Schipper, Sharon Snyder, Holly Joan Toensing, Neal H. Walls, and Kerry H. Wynn.

Subjects: Bible, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by William R. G. Loader
Published 8/16/2010
Citation: William R. G. Loader, review of Hector Avalos, Sarah Melcher, and Jeremy Schipper, eds., This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


Review by Yael Avrahami
Published 4/10/2010
Citation: Yael Avrahami, review of Hector Avalos, Sarah J. Melcher, and Jeremy Schipper, eds., This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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