Tag Archives: Bible

Religion Snapshots: How to Make Sense of ‘Religious’ Language, Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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J.Z. Smith on the Study of Canons

I was recently rereading J.Z. Smith’s 2008 presidential address to the Society of Biblical Literature, titled “Religion and the Bible” (published in the Journal of Biblical Literature and available online here), and I found two provocative passages worth sharing: [W]hat … Continue reading

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Hitler, Religion, and the Bible

By Philip L. Tite In her recent blog on “The Curious Case of Gerhard Kittel,” Kate Daley-Bailey offers an important overview of the involvement of biblical scholars in promoting Nazi Germany’s anti-Jewish policies. Kate’s blog has inspired me to write … Continue reading

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What’s In Your Bible?

In a recent piece for CNN’s religion blog, “Actually, that’s not in the Bible,” John Blake examines the ubiquity of “phantom scripture” in American Christian communities. By “phantom scripture” he means ideas, teachings, and passages that sound like they belong in the Bible–e.g., … Continue reading

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Call For Papers! Special Issue: “Histories of the End”

In 2012 Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception will publish a special issue dedicated to reception histories of the end times, however they might be imagined, in religious contexts. We welcome reception histories not only of Christian imaginaries of the … Continue reading

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Almighty God Created the Races

Last semester I taught Fay Botham’s Almighty God Created the Races: Christianity, Interracial Marriage, and American Law (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). I enjoyed teaching the book, and the students reported liking it as well. However, as I organized my … Continue reading

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Giants of the Bible and their Reception – A new blog

I confess that I have a bit of an odd hobby on the side - monitoring the reception and effect of biblical Giants in contemporary culture. It’s a bigger topic than you might at first imagine. For all those with similar interests, I’m … Continue reading

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