“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence”.(Genesis 6:11)
The Shiloh Project is delighted to announce our latest endeavour. Bloomsbury T&T Clark have commissioned a definitive and comprehensive reference work for biblical scholars, scholars of religion, religious leaders and community members, practitioners, students, and lay readers interested in the Bible and violence.
With a list of over 100 stellar chapters proposed and confirmed, The Bible and Violence aims to be an inclusive reference work that explores the complex dynamics between the Bible, its interpretation, reception, and outworkings, with particular emphasis on violence in its multifarious forms.
These specially commissioned essays from leading and emerging researchers in the discipline will provide critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates around violence and the Bible, as well as a foundation for future research. It is structured in two parts:
Part I focuses primarily on texts: namely, the books of the Hebrew and Greek Bibles – but includes also some focus on additional texts that are inextricably linked with the Bible and the study and interpretation of the Bible, such as the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books, select Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic texts. This section focuses on discrete texts and on select themes that span across texts.
Part II focuses on how biblical texts have been used in violent ways or for violent ends; here the biblical texts are primarily read and analysed through contemporary lenses.
The editorial team, like the pool of contributors, has been formed with the size and scope of the project and with its aims of diversity and inclusion in mind.
Our project, moreover, is aimed at more than a publication. As part of the project, we will be running research and training events, and setting up peer support and mentoring. Our aim is collaboratively to create a great resource and a vibrant and connected research community.
In Spring 2023, will be our first research colloquium for contributors.
The editorial team consists of: Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds) and Johnathan Jodamus (University of the Western Cape), Chris Greenough (Edge Hill University) and Mmapula Kebaneilwe (University of Botswana).
The team is supported by three editorial advisors, who have already proved invaluable to the work to date: Prof. Tat-siong Benny Liew, Prof. Mitzi Smith and Dr Rachel Starr.
Our confirmed contributors include leading figures and exciting new voices in biblical studies from across the globe. Over the next months and years, as the project develops, look out for profiles of contributors.
Watch this space for updates!