The Moving Text
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on David Brown and the Bible
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Drawing upon the pioneering work of the British theologian David Brown who argues for a non-static, `moving text' that reaches beyond the biblical canon, this volume brings together twelve interdisciplinary essays, as well as a response from Brown.
With essays ranging from New Testament textual criticism to the fiction of David Foster Wallace, The Moving Text provides an introduction to Brown and the Bible that will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as specialists in a wide range of fields.
Editor’s Introduction - Christopher R. Brewer
Part 1: The Biblical Text
1. Text and Tradition: David Brown and New Testament Textual Criticism - Garrick V. Allen
2. From the Magi to Pilate’s Wife: David Brown, Tradition and the Reception of Matthew’s Text - Ian Boxall
3. Memory, Remembrance and Imagination in the Formation of Redemptive Tradition: Reflecting on the Gospel of John with David Brown - Stephen C. Barton
4. Moving Texts and Mirror Neurons: David Brown and Eleonore Stump on Biblical Interpretation - Robert MacSwain
Part 2: The Visual Imagination
5. Paradise Reclaimed: Kerry James Marshall and Chris Ofili in the Garden of Eden - Taylor Worley
6. Re-visions of Sacrifice: Abraham in Art and Interfaith Dialogue - Aaron Rosen
7. ‘Surely the Lord is in this Place’: Jacob’s Ladder in Painting, Contemporary Sculpture and Installation Art - Christopher R. Brewer
8. Understanding John’s Visions: Unlocking the Insights of Revelation’s Visual History - Natasha O’Hear
9. The Stained Glass Biblia Pauperum Windows of Steinfeld Abbey: Monastic Spirituality, Salvation History and the Theological Imagination - William P. Hyland
Part 3: The Literary Imagination
10. David Brown and the Virgin Mary: A Literary Perspective - Thomas Rist
11. Intertextuality, Tradition and Finding Theology in Unexpected Places: Reading Frankenstein with the Help of David Brown - Jon Greenaway
12. The Forms of Faith in Contemporary American Fiction - Dennis F. Kinlaw III
The Moving Text: A Reply - David Brown
Appendix: The Moving Text in the Life of the Church
Introduction - Garrick V. Allen, Christopher R. Brewer and Dennis F. Kinlaw III
The Ladder Between Heaven and Earth: John 1.43–51 234 - David Brown
Rachel and Leah: Genesis 29.15–28 - David Brown
Food offered to Idols and Idolatry in Word and Image: Revelation 2.12–17 - David Brown
Emotion and the Tears of Peter: Mark 8.31–38 - David Brown
'In this collection of essays, a wide variety of scholars take up Brown’s insights, fleshing them out through lucid interpretations of biblical texts, art, and literature. These rich discussions, along with a response and four sermons from Brown himself, render this collection essential reading for biblical and theological scholars as well as for people of faith seeking to hear God’s voices in unexpected places.' - Benjamin D. Sommer, Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary and author of Revelation and Authority (2015)
'This is a rich, varied and thought-provoking treasure trove for the academically inclined preacher: a glimpse into the rarefied world of peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic debate. It is not an easy read, nor is it a book to be devoured at one sitting. It is almost certain to extend the reader’s knowledge, and vocabulary!' -- Dr Anne Davidson Lund, Reader in the Diocese of Chester, www.collegeofpreachers.co.uk