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Secularism and Biblical Studies – Ed. Roland Boer, July 2008

Posted by NT Wrong on July 29, 2008

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A new book edited by Roland Boer with the title Secularism and Biblical Studies is due out about now. Actually it’s a little overdue from Equinox, but not “a little overdue” in the sense of Philip-Davies-Festschrift overdueness. In any case, it looks like it will be well worth the wait when it does appear. It boasts all the crowd favourites — Berlinerblau, Avalos, Lemche, Davies — and more besides.

Publisher’s Blurb:

“What is secular biblical criticism? Each of the essays gathered in this collection seeks to answer this disarmingly simple question. Coming out of current debates that have been flaring within biblical studies over the issue of secularism, the essays crystallize the various positions that have been taken. Provocative, engaging and challenging, Secularism and Biblical Studies will also fuel more lively discussion and debate.”

The book begins with two articles which appeared on the SBL Forum in 2006, one by Michael V. Fox and a response by Jacques Berlinerblau. The two articles provoked a lot of discussion at the time.

Here’s the full contents of the book:

    Roland Boer: Introduction: Secularism and the Bible

    PART A: INITIAL ENGAGEMENT AT THE FORUM
    1. Michael V. Fox: Scholarship and Faith in Bible Study
    2. Jacques Berlinerblau: The Unspeakable in Biblical Scholarship

    PART B: THE MANIFESTO DEBATE
    3. Roland Boer: A Manifesto for Biblical Studies
    4. Hanna Stenström: Boer’s Manifesto: Part of the Solution or Part of
    the Problem? Some Reflections from a Swedish Perspective
    5. Niels Peter Lemche: Guns do not kill, people do!
    6. Mark G. Brett: Theological Secularity: A Response to Roland Boer
    7. Todd Penner: Is Boer Among the Prophets? Transforming the Legacy of
    Marxian Critique

    PART C: THE END OF BIBLICAL STUDIES?
    8. Hector Avalos: The End of Biblical Studies as a Moral Obligation
    9. Joseph A. Marchal: Responsibilities to the Publics of Biblical
    Studies and Critical Rhetorical Engagements for a Safer World
    10. Heike Omerzu: A German Landscape: Currents and Credits of New
    Testament Studies in Germany During the Past Decades
    11. Philip Chia: Private or Public? The Challenge of Public Theology
    to Biblical Studies

    PART D: THE PARADOXES OF SECULARISM
    12. Ward Blanton: Neither Religious nor Secular: On Saving the Critic
    in Biblical-Criticism
    13. Edgar W. Conrad: From Jefferson’s Bible to Judge Moore’s Ten
    Commandments Monument: Secularizing the Bible in the USA
    14. Athalya Brenner: From Ruth to Foreign Workers in Contemporary
    Israel: A Case Study in the Interaction of Religion, Politics and the
    Economy
    15. Yairah Amit: The Samaritans – Biblical Considerations in the Solution of a Political Problem
    16. Philip Davies: The Biblical Roots of Secularism

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