Literature and the Bible
Edited by Jo Carruthers, Mark Knight, Andrew Tate
To Be Published August 19th 2013 by Routledge – 480 pages
Series: Routledge Literature Readers
The western literary tradition has a long and complex relationship with the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Authors draw on the Bible in all sorts of ways and for different reasons, and there is also the myriad of subconscious ways through which the biblical text enters literary culture. Biblical stories, characters, motifs and references permeate the whole of the literary tradition.
In the last thirty years or so there has been a growth of critical interest in this relationship. In Literature and the Bible: A Reader the editors bring together a selection of the key critical and theoretical materials from this time, arranged across nine chapters.
Each chapter contains:
Designed to be used alongside the Bible and selected literary texts, this book is essential reading for anyone studying Literature and the Bible on undergraduate English, Religion and Theology degrees.
Part 1: The Relationship Between Literature and the Bible Chapter 1. Introducing the Study of Literature and the Bible Chapter 2. Ways of Reading Chapter 3. Reception History Part 2: Literary Reading Chapter 4. Translation Chapter 5. Multivocality Chapter 6. Metaphor & Allegory Part 3: Theological Interpretation Chapter 7. Parables Chapter 8. Genesis Chapter 9. Salvation, Transformation and Apocalypse
Jo Carruthers is Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
Mark Knight is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.
Andrew Tate is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.