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Map or Compass?
The Bible on Violence
Michael Spalione, Helen Paynter

The interpretation of biblical violence continues to present a complex challenge to interpreters, including those from belief, no belief and religious perspectives. Placing this interpretative task within the frame of generous collaboration, irenic listening, and multidisciplinary scholarship allows new perspectives to surface.

These principles were key to the range of papers given at the second annual conference in 2020 of the Bristol Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence in 2020—a postgraduate research and study centre dedicated to the interpretation of biblical texts of violence.

This edited book includes:
• three chapters which grapple with the violence of the conquest of Canaan —from Paul Copan, William Ford, and Helen Paynter;
• further explorations of violence in Deuteronomy, Judges, Ezekiel and Revelation;
• Mary Magdalene and modern sexual violence;
• Esther and Quentin Tarantino;
• contemporary representations of the crucifixion, forced marriage in Christian pedagogic materials, and a cross-reading of abattoirs
and the crucifixion.

This is the second of, at least, four volumes providing resources for researchers and in the classroom exploring the intersection between violence and biblical texts.


Series: Bible in the Modern World, 79
9781914490170 hardback
Publication October 2022

Contents
INTRODUCTION: BIBLICAL VIOLENCE IN THE CROSSHAIRS
Michael Spalione

Part 1
VIOLENCE IN THE CANAANITE CONQUEST

FINDING BRIGHT SPOTS IN OLD TESTAMENT WARFARE TEXTS
Paul Copan
ERASING THE TROUBLING TEENS? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN WHEN THE NON-DEUTERONOMISTIC BIBLICAL WRITERS TELL THE STORY?
Helen Paynter
‘DISPOSSESSING’ THE CANAANITES IN DEUTERONOMY
William Ford

Part 2
VIOLENCE IN THE REST OF THE HEBREW BIBLE

‘AS LONG AS (S)HE LIVES’: AN APPLICATION OF WILLIAM WEBB’S REDEMPTIVE-MOVEMENT HERMENEUTIC TO DEUTERONOMY 22.28-29
Isaac J. McNish
PRECARITY AND POWER, SUBJECTIVITY AND SISTERHOOD: COMPARING A QUADRILATERAL OF RIVAL WIVES TO SEEK REDEMPTION FOR PENINNAH
Margaret Blakey
JUDGES 19: DOES THE BIBLE VICTIM BLAME THE WOMEN WITH NO NAME?
Rebekah Legg
DEALING WITH THE DEAD IN EZEKIEL 39.11-20: A CARNIVALESQUE READING
Peter Norris

Part 3
NEW TESTAMENT VIOLENCE

LIONS IN LAMBS’ CLOTHING? A RESPONSE TO MIDDLETON’S THE VIOLENCE OF THE LAMB: MARTYRS AS AGENTS OF DIVINE JUDGEMENT IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Helen Miller
ASKING FOR IT? LESSONS FROM MARY MAGDALENE IN A CULTURE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Siobhán Jolley

Part 4
ETHICS OF BIBLICAL VIOLENCE

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PERSIA: THE ETHICS OF VIOLENCE IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER AND QUENTIN TARANTINO’S ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Brandon Hurlbert
GORIFYING THE GOSPELS: THE TREATMENT OF CRUCIFIXION VIOLENCE IN FILM
Will Moore
TIME FOR HER TO GET MARRIED: FORCED MARRIAGE AS A TROPE IN JEROME BERRYMAN’S GODLY PLAY
Cath H. Kennedy
THE LAMB ON YOUR PLATE: FINDING THE CRUCIIED GOD IN THE VIOLENCE OF THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE
Charlotte Thomas