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Biblical Reception 3 (2014)
Edited by J. Cheryl Exum, David J.A. Clines

This is the third volume of the journal, Biblical Reception (BibRec), due to be published in November 2013. For the first volume, click here, and for the second, click here.

When we founded the journal our policy was this: it was high time, we believed, 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 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.

Papers for the fourth volume are being solicited, and should be submitted before September 31, 2015. 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 Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (, with a copy to J. Cheryl Exum ( 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 (Gloucester), 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, 3
978-1-909697-85-0 hardback
Publication October 2015


Philip Esler
Pacino di Bonaguida’s Tree of Life: Interpreting the Bible in Paint in Early Fourteenth-Century Italy

Catherine C. Taylor
The Pignatta Sarcophagus: Late Antique Iconography and the Memorial Culture of Salvation

Yaffa Englard
The Sixth Day of Creation: Literal Problems, Visual Expressions, and Theological Interpretations

John Byron
Who Killed Cain? Interpretive Solutions to a Theological Problem

Dan Rickett
The Art of Separation: Visual and Textual Exegesis of the Separation of Abram and Lot

Kalle Lundahl
Mario Schifano and Vincent van Gogh: The Bible in Art

David Tollerton
Divine Violence Caught on Camera: Negotiating Text and Photography in Broomberg and Chanarin’s Holy Bible

Christopher Meredith
Civic Bible as Civil Breach: Reading Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth


Mikael Larsson
Model of Modesty? Sexual Politics and/in/after the Book of Ruth


Valerie Nicolet-Anderson
Leonard Cohen's Use of the Bible: Transformations of the Sacred


Holly Morse
What's in a Name? Analysing the Appellation 'Reception History' in Biblical Studies
Elisabeth Birnbaum and Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher
The Wise King's Vanity: The hebel Motif in the Reception of King Solomon

Agnethe Siquans
Origen’s Fifth Homily on Exodus: A Narratological Approach to Ancient Biblical Interpretation

Arie Versluis
The Early Reception History of the Command to Exterminate the Canaanites