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The Bible and Disability

A Commentary

The Bible and Disability

A Commentary

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334056867
Number of Pages: 510
Published: 31/05/2018
Width: 15.3 cm
Height: 22.9 cm

The Bible and Disability: A Commentary (BDC) is the first comprehensive commentary on the Bible from the perspective of disability.

The BDC examines how the Bible constructs or reflects human wholeness, impairment, and disability in all their expressions. Biblical texts do envision the ideal body, but they also present visions of the body that deviate from this ideal, whether physically or through cognitive impairments or mental illness.

The BDC engages the full range of these depictions of body and mind, exploring their meaning through close readings and comparative analysis. The BDC enshrines the distinctive interpretive imagination required to span the worlds of biblical studies and disability studies.

Each of the fourteen contributors has worked at this intersection; and through their combined expertise, the very best of both biblical studies and disability studies culminates in detailed textual work of description, interpretation, and application to provide a synthetic and synoptic whole.

The result is a close reading of the Bible that gives long-overdue attention to the fullness of human identity narrated in the Scriptures.

This UK edition includes a foreword from John Swinton. 

Read the foreword by John Swinton 

Foreword by John Swinton 


Introduction - Sarah J. Melcher


1. Genesis and Exodus by Sarah J. Melcher 


2. Leviticus–Deuteronomy by David Tabb Stewart


3. Joshua–Second Kings by Jeremy Schipper 

4. First and Second Chronicles–Esther by Kerry H. Wynn 


5. Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes by Sarah J. Melcher 

6. Psalms, Lamentations, and Song of Songs by Jennifer L. Koosed


7. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the Twelve 215 by J. Blake Couey


8. Mark and Matthew by Candida R. Moss 

9. Luke–Acts by David F. Watson


10. John, First–Third John, and Revelation by Jaime Clark- Soles


11. Paul by Arthur J. Dewey and Anna C. Miller


12. Hebrews and the Catholic Letters by Martin C. Albl

Sarah Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons, Amos Yong

Sarah J. Melcher is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Scriptures at Xavier University. Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor University. Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. John Swinton is the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy at University of Aberdeen.

"This impressive roster of contributors breaks new ground in exploring the interface of biblical testimony and the reality of disability and in seeing in the biblical text the inescapable reality of disability. For many readers, this collection of fine essays will constitute a steep learning curve for seeing what we had not seen in the text, and thinking what we had not thought as a result of new seeing. The writers and editors are to be congratulated on this impressive and instructive study." — Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary

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