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Disability Studies and Biblical Literature

Authors: Moss, C., Schipper, J.

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The primary aim of this volume is to synthesize the two fields of disability studies and biblical studies. It illustrates how academic or critical biblical scholarship has shown that many texts involving disability in the Bible is much more nuanced than a casual reading or isolated proof texting may indicate.

About the authors

Author Candida R. Moss: Candida R. Moss is a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame

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'This book assembles an impressive array of scholars whose collective work changes the terrain of disability studies and biblical scholarship. Adding nuance and deep expertise to the discourse, Disability Studies and Biblical Literature shows us how superficial and general has been much of the previous discussion of religious attitudes toward people with disabilities in the western world. Focusing on the heterogeneity of individual biblical texts, as well as complex cultural and historical factors, these scholars give us a multifaceted understanding of the ways the ancient world saw disability through its textual representation.' - Lennard Davis, Distinguished Professor of English, University of Illinois at Chicago

'In this valuable volume, Biblical scholars introduce critical nuance to the reading of sacred texts of the Hebrew and Christian testaments by working with social and cultural models of disability. The authors refuse to hide disability behind presumably greater or more important spiritual truths. They break through ideological uses of 'disability,' including that sensibility which insists spiritual insight is more valuable than material experience. Persons living with disabilities may finally be recognized as resident actors in these texts.' - Sharon V. Betcher, author of Spirit and the Politics of Disablement

'The editors of this timely collection, which brings together high quality Biblical studies and an issue of central importance to our society, are to be commended for this pioneering and necessary initiative.' - Christopher Rowland, Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, Queen's College, Oxford University


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Moss, Candida R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • The Nature of Barrenness in the Hebrew Bible

    Baden, Joel S.

    Pages 13-27

  • The Blind, the Lame, and the Barren Shall Not Come into the House

    Ackerman, Susan

    Pages 29-45

  • “Like the eunuch who does not beget”: Gender, Mutilation, and Negotiated Status in the Ancient Near East

    Lemos, T. M.

    Pages 47-66

  • Sexual Disabilities in the Hebrew Bible

    Stewart, David Tabb

    Pages 67-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disability Studies and Biblical Literature
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Candida R. Moss and Jeremy Schipper
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-00120-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137001207
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33829-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34133-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 232
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