Author Archives: Chris Heard

New prize established for budding reception historians

The Society of Biblical Literature released the following announcement today: DE GRUYTER AND THE SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE ESTABLISH ANNUAL PRIZE IN BIBLICAL RECEPTION HISTORY De Gruyter, in partnership with The Society of Biblical Literature, has launched an annual “Prize for Biblical … Continue reading

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In defense of reception history

Last month, the Bible and Interpretation website published an op-ed piece in which Roland Boer comes out ‘against “reception history”’ (and, implicitly, the Blackwell Bible Commentaries series for popularizing the term; see footnote 1). Ironically, the occasion for this criticism seems … Continue reading

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Pepperdine Magazine Profiles Filmmaker Tom Shadyac

Although no entry on filmmaker Tom Shadyac appears in the recently-released Encyclopedia of Religion and Film (ed. Eric Mazur, 2010, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO), Shadyac has left his mark on the reception history of the Bible with his films Bruce Almighty (arguably … Continue reading

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Encyclopedia of Religion and Film

Mazur, E. M., ed. 2011. Encyclopedia of Religion and Film. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. After numerous delays, the Encyclopedia of Religion and Film edited by Eric Michael Mazur (Gloria and David Furman Chair of Judaic Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk) … Continue reading

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Brief Bibliography for the Bible and Its Literary Afterlife

Last year, Anthony C. Swindell provided us with a ‘brief bibliography for the Bible and its literary afterlife,’ consisting of books published after the year 2000. With many apologies to Dr Swindell for our lack of alacrity during a period … Continue reading

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Recent Publications

Please take note of the following recent publications in reception history: Byron, John. 2011. Cain and Abel in Text and Tradition: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Sibling Rivalry. Leiden: Brill. Lang, Bernhard. 2009. Joseph in Egypt: A Cultural … Continue reading

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