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Biblical Reception 1 (2012)
Edited by J. Cheryl Exum, David J.A. Clines

This is the first volume of a new journal, Biblical Reception (BibRec), published in November 2012.

It is high time, we believe, for the new and burgeoning field of the reception of the Bible to have a publication medium of its own. What the biblical text has meant to its readers down the centuries should be as much the subject of scholarly attention as any ‘original’ meaning.

Our new journal is a substantial annual volume covering all kinds of use of the Bible — in art, literature, music, film and popular culture, as well as in the history of interpretation.

The first volume is now in published, and the second volume (click here) is in the press. Papers for the third volume are being solicited. The preferred length is 5000 to 8000 words; the Sheffield Phoenix Press style sheet may be found at Submissions should contain, beneath the title, an abstract of c. 250 words, and be sent electronically to Papers will be peer reviewed.

Editorial Board
Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (Washington, DC), Alan Cooper (New York), James Crossley (Sheffield), Andrew Davies (Birmingham), Tamara C. Eskenazi (Los Angeles), Philip Esler (London), Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher (Linz), John Harvey (Aberystwyth), Christine Joynes (Oxford), Carol Newsom (Atlanta), Martin O’Kane (Lampeter), Tina Pippin (Decatur, GA), John F. A. Sawyer (Durham), Reinhold Zwick (Münster).

J. Cheryl Exum is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.
David J.A. Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Series: Biblical Reception, 1
978-1-907534-70-6 hardback
Publication October 2012


Christine E. Joynes
Spot the Difference: Young Men, Angels and the Risen Christ at the Empty Tomb

Mark Finney
Jesus in Visual Imagination: The Art of Invention

Ela Nutu
Salomé in Text and Performance: The Bible, Wilde and Strauss

Laura Greig Krauss
Restoring Hagar:
Rembrandt van Rijn’s Painting Abraham Dismissing Hagar and Ishmael in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Vivienne Westbrook
The Cinematic Afterlives of Jesus, the Messiah

Jayhoon Yang
Oh, Father! What a ‘Fool for Love’ Thou Art!
Reading Luke 15.11-32 through the Film Secret Sunshine


Siobhán Dowling Long
The Sacrifice of Isaac:
Tales of Heroism and Murder in Two Compositions by Benjamin Britten

Helen Leneman
Moses and the Exodus in Italian Opera

William Goodman
Nothing Compares: Sinéad O’Connor’s Theology


Richard S. Briggs
Reading Daniel as Children’s Literature

Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher
Ruth: Images of an Unfulfillable Longing

Lina Sjöberg
The Empathic Pillar of Salt:
Bible, Literature and Scholar in Conversation

Anthony Swindell
Mapping the Afterlife of Biblical Stories


Brennan W. Breed
Nomadology of the Bible:
A Processual Approach to Biblical Reception History


Katie B. Edwards
Sporting Messiah:
Hypermasculinity and Nationhood in Male-targeted Sports Imagery

Amanda Dillon
Manga Bibles and their Treatment of Female Characters in the Book of Judges

Amy C. Cottrill
‘Pray for Obama: Psalm 109.8’:
A Reception Critical Approach to the Violence of the Psalms

Yairah Amit
The Study of the Hebrew Bible in Israeli Education

Kevin M. McGeough
Negotiating the Real and the Hyperreal:
Nineteenth-Century Experiences of the Bible in the Context of Ancient Near Eastern Discoveries

[T]he delicious new annual by Sheffield Phoenix Press, Biblical Reception… was a treat to read, packed as it was with fascinating, innovative, and inspiring examples of the sheer potential of biblical reception studies. For scholars, it provides just a glimpse of the innumerable and rich possibilities that engagement between biblical texts and their multifaceted afterlives can bring to the discipline of biblical studies. For students and interested readers of the biblical traditions, it will also serve as an inspirational springboard, capturing attention and inviting participation in a broad and vibrant dialogue. Caroline Blyth, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception