As the first major encyclopedia of its kind, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (OEBGS) is the go-to source for scholars and students undertaking original research in the field. Extending the work of nineteenth and twentieth century feminist scholarship and more recent queer studies, the Encyclopedia seeks to advance the scholarly conversation by systematically exploring the ways in which gender is constructed in the diverse texts, cultures, and readers that constitute “the world of the Bible.” With contributions from leading scholars in gender and biblical studies as well as contemporary gender theorists, classicists, archaeologists, and ancient historians, this comprehensive reference work reflects the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the field and traces both historical and modern conceptions of gender and sexuality in the Bible.
At the 2006 annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Prophetic Texts in their Ancient Contexts section devoted a session to the theme “The Aesthetics of Violence. Participants were invited to explore multiple dimensions of prophetic texts and their violent rhetoric. The results were rich– engaging discussion of violent images in ancient Near Eastern art and in modern film, as well as advancing our understanding of the poetic skill required for invoking terror through words.
Essays in this volume include: “When Religions Collide: The Yahweh/Baal Confrontation”, Lawrence E. Toombs; “Isaiah 40-55: A New Creation, A New Exodus, A New Messiah”, John I. Durham; “Historical Inquiry as Liberator and Master: Malachi As A Post-Exilic Document”, Julia M. O’Brien; “Problems of The Semitic Background of The New Testament”, Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J.; “Tell El-Hesi: What’s in A Name?” Jeffrey A. Blakely and Fred L. Horton, Jr.; “Bathing in the Face of the Enemy: A Late Byzantine Bath Complex in Field E Of The Joint Expedition To Caesarea Maritima”, Fred L. Horton, Jr.