The Bible in the Civil War

The Society of Biblical Literature has a fantastic online resource they’ve created with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities called Bible Odyssey. Think of it as a reservoir of accessible and peer reviewed biblical studies resources created by scholars.

If you haven’t checked it out, you’ve got to take a look. You’ll find video, short articles, encyclopedia entries, and bibliography. I’ve been following its development since it launched about seven years ago. And I’m impressed by its work to branch out in content and presentation of biblical studies. I think it has a lot of potential for becoming a good representation of the subfield facets.

Bible Odyssey

Anyway, I was asked this past year to contribute an essay on the Bible and the Civil War. The lede is as follows:

The Bible did not cause the US Civil War. But the Bible shaped how people navigated the war and the issues surrounding it.

Richard Newton, “Bible and the Civil War,” Bible Odyssey

I appreciate the team at Bible Odyssey for asking me to contribute. The opportunity dovetailed really nicely with another project I’ll be working on in the coming year.

Bibliographic Reference:

Richard Newton , “The Bible in the Civil War”, n.p. [cited 12 Aug 2021]. Online:

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