Secularism and Biblical Studies

Secularism and Biblical Studies

by Roland Boer


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Secularism and Biblical Studies by Roland Boer

What is secular biblical criticism? 'Secularism and Biblical Studies' presents a selection of essays that examine the nature of secular biblical studies and its hermeneutical principles. The essays outline and analyse debates within biblical studies over the issue of secularism and explore the interplay of atheism, agnosticism and faith in the interpretation of the Bible. The book argues for a hermeneutics of suspicion and a wider engagement with cultural, literary and anthropological disciplines. Examining biblical hermeneutics from a range of perspectives - from Europe, Israel and the USA - 'Secularism and Biblical Studies' offers a provocative and challenging approach that will be of interest to all students and scholars of the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845533755
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: BibleWorld Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Roland Boer is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Newcastle, Australia

Table of Contents

List of contributors vii

Introduction: Secularism and the Bible Roland Boer 1

Part A Initial Engagement at the Forum

Scholarship and Faith in Bible Study Michael V. Fox 15

The Unspeakable in Biblical Scholarship Jacques Berlinerblau 20

Part B The Manifesto Debate

A Manifesto for Biblical Studies Roland Boer 27

Boer's Manifesto: Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem? Some Reflections from a Swedish Perspective Hanna Stenström 40

"Guns do not kill, people do!" Niels Peter Lemche 51

Theological Secularity: A Response to Roland Boer Mark G. Brett 59

Is Boer Among the Prophets? Transforming the Legacy of Marxian Critique Todd Penner 67

Part C The End of Biblical Studies?

The End of Biblical Studies as a Moral Obligation Hector Avalos 85

Responsibilities to the Publics of Biblical Studies and Critical Rhetorical Engagements for a Safer World Joseph A. Marchal 101

A German Landscape: Currents and Credits of New Testament Studies in Germany During the Past Decades Heike Omerzu 116

Private or Public? The Challenge of Public Theology to Biblical Studies Philip Chia 129

Part D The Paradoxes of Secularism

Neither Religious nor Secular: On Saving the Critic in Biblical-Criticism Ward Blanton 141

From Jefferson's Bible to Judge Moore's Ten Commandments Monument: Secularizing the Bible in the USA Edgar W. Conrad 162

From Ruth to Foreign Workers in Contemporary Israel: A Case Study in the Interaction of Religion, Politics and the Economy Athalya Brenner 178

The Samaritans - Biblical Considerations in the Solution of a Political Problem Yairah Amit 192

The Biblical Roots of Secularism Philip Davies 204

Index of Biblical References 216

Index of Subjects 217

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