Reading “The African American Bible” on Paper and in Class

The Journal of Biblical Literature recently published a series on ways that biblical scholars have engaged with #BlackLivesMatter in their work. Adele Reinhartz, the journal's general editor, introduces the essays in this way: In this Forum, six scholars reflect on how racial violence and the movements that attempt to eradicate such violence intersect with the field of biblical studies, both … Continue reading Reading “The African American Bible” on Paper and in Class

Locations of Interpretation: Scriptures and Fear in America

Ekaputra Tupamahu discusses Marlee Schwalm's foray into the history of religion in the American Pacific WWII theater. He surfaces resonances between Post-Pearl Harbor Japanophobia and Post-9/11 Islamophobia. This is the fifth issue in our fourth volume on the Bible and Race. Read a response to this piece here. And see our first, second, and third volumes here. I find Marlee Schwalm’s essay on the Japanese … Continue reading Locations of Interpretation: Scriptures and Fear in America

The Bible and Race in the USA: Dreaming of Ahistories

In just a few short weeks, the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will be holding their joint annual meeting. Recently, the AAR took up the tradition of bandying a theme; "Revolutionary Love." Elsewhere I've offered remarks on the issues it raises for the type of work that I … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: Dreaming of Ahistories

The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

In 2014 I began teaching an Elizabethtown College course called "The Bible and Race in the USA." It's a seminar driven by a question about how discourses like "Bible," "race" and "America" inform each other to the extent that we can hardly unweave them. There's a craftiness to textuality that we quickly forget all that … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

Advocating for Donald Trump: Falwell, Liberty, and the Bible in Modern Society

As the 2016 US Presidential election continues to heat up, pundits are paying increased attention to the Bible and politics. However, the most telling moments are not who gets the Bible right -chapter and verse- but who is reading between the lines. Sophomore Jessica Loving reflected on this sort of reading for her final paper in Dr. Richard Newton's Introduction to New … Continue reading Advocating for Donald Trump: Falwell, Liberty, and the Bible in Modern Society