Hakola, Raimo, Jutta Maria Jokiranta and Samuel Byrskog, editors
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016
Find the Review by Jonathan Draper in the RBL 11/2017 which concludes:
This collection provides a fascinating set of studies held together by common use of various theories of social identity to study an unconnected group of texts. Reading them seriatim introduces the reader to the variety of developments in the field of social-identity studies and certainly proves stimulating in demonstrating once again that studying old problems through new lenses opens up new possibilities for interpretation. Although brief summaries of the papers were presented in the introduction, it would have been helpful to have a concluding discussion drawing the different strands together to show where the theory proves valuable and where its limitations lie.
Description: The concepts of social memory and social identity have been increasingly used in the study of ancient Jewish and Christian sources. In this collection of articles, international specialists apply interdisciplinary methodology related to these concepts to early Jewish and Christian sources. The volume offers an up-to-date presentation of how social memory studies and socio-psychological identity approach have been used in the study of Biblical and related literature. The articles examine how Jewish and Christian sources participate in the processes of collective recollection and in this way contribute to the construction of distinctive social identities.
Image, Space, Performance, and Vision in the Religion of the Roman Empire
Eds. by Marlis Arnhold, Harry O. Maier, and Jörg Rüpke
The first inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary work of its kind, this book focuses on the importance of visual culture in the study of classical, Roman, and Christian antiquity. It explores the role of the visual in helping to create a vision of the gods and how commitment to the visibility of the divine affected ancient religious practices, rituals, and beliefs. The essays deploy a wide range of disciplines that include archaeology, iconology, cultural studies, visual anthropology, the study of ancient rhetoric, and the cognitive sciences to consider the visual aspects of ancient religion from a variety of angles. The contributors take up the role of the visual in multiple contexts including domestic art, the imperial cult, martyrology, ritual practice, and temples. This groundbreaking book, which includes essays by classicists, Roman historians, archaeologists, biblical scholars, and scholars of ancient Christian iconography, promises to advance the discussion of the importance and role of visual culture in shaping the religions of antiquity in significant new ways.
Call for Papers: Bible and Orality in Africa
11-13 September 2018
Catholic University of Eastern Africa
The aim of this International Conference on the Bible and Orality in Africa is to explore the connections between orality and the Bible in the African context in order to share more theological knowledge through oral communications. The papers to be presented are expected to tackle this issue from a particular perspective of a given theological discipline or/and other sciences. They can use various methods/approaches, namely narratology, rhetorical, non-verbal communication approaches, socio-anthropological and others. Owing to the interconnectedness between the continents, papers addressing the same issue and using similar or different methods relevant in their own contexts are very much welcome.
From Gender to Politics
By Terry Giles, William J. Doan
The unique contribution of the study lies in it being placed with in the methodologies of orality, ancient performance, and the transference of a religious text from oral to written, from female to male, and from private to political. This opens up new avenues for understanding the relationship between the “original” text and its audience(s). The authors succeed well in indicating how the originally subversive gender-based text was transformed into a text that served (male) political ends.
The book of Ruth is probably best known as a romantic love story that, through the expression of loving devotion, overcomes tragedy and ends with the founding of the most famous family in all of biblical Israel. But the book wasn't always this way. In fact, it wasn't a book at all but rather a story told with a very different purpose in mind. Before Ruth, there was the Story of Naomi, a subversive story designed to challenge a male-dominated status quo. Through comedy, sarcastic irony, and unparalleled rhetorical skill the Naomi storyteller holds up for inspection social gender roles and the power of sexuality in a manner that resonates yet today. The Story of Naomi--The Book of Ruth goes behind the literary rendition of the story and recaptures the original oral tale, with script and performance directions that brings to life the humor, tragedy, and transparent honesty shared between the Naomi storyteller and her audience.
Chamberlain, Daniel F., and J. Edward Chamberlain, eds.
(Amsterdam: Benjamin, 2016)
This volume raises questions about why oral celebrations of language receive so little attention in published literary histories when they are simultaneously recognized as fundamental to our understanding of literature. It aims to prompt debate regarding the transformations needed for literary historians to provide a more balanced and fuller appreciation of what we call literature, one that acknowledges the interdependence of oral storytelling and written expression, whether in print, pictorial, or digital form. Rather than offering a summary of current theories or prescribing solutions, this volume brings together distinguished scholars, conventional literary historians, and oral performer-practitioners from regions as diverse as South Africa, the Canadian Arctic, the Roma communities of Eastern Europe and the music industry of the American West in a conversation that engages the reader directly with the problems that they have encountered and the questions that they have explored in their work with orality and with literary history.
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