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Text, Image, and Otherness in Children's Bibles: What is in the Picture?
Caroline Vander Stichele, Hugh S. Pyper
SemeiaSt 56
Publication Date
July 2012


Children’s Bibles are often the first encounter people have with the Bible, shaping their perceptions of its stories and characters at an early age. The material under discussion in this book not only includes traditional children’s Bibles but also more recent phenomena such as manga Bibles and animated films for children. The book highlights the complex and even tense relationship between text and image in these Bibles, which is discussed from different angles in the essays. Their shared focus is on the representation of “others”—foreigners, enemies, women, even children themselves—in predominantly Hebrew Bible stories. The contributors are Tim Beal, Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Melody Briggs, Rubén R. Dupertuis, Emma England, J. Cheryl Exum, Danna Nolan Fewell, David M. Gunn, Laurel Koepf, Archie Chi Chung Lee, Jeremy Punt, Hugh S. Pyper, Cynthia M. Rogers, Mark Roncace, Susanne Scholz, Jaqueline S. du Toit, and Caroline Vander Stichele.

Caroline Vander Stichele is Universitair Docent (Lecturer) in Religious Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. She is the co-author of Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse: Thinking beyond Thecla (T&T Clark) and co-editor of Mapping Gender in Ancient Religious Discourses (Brill). Hugh S. Pyper is Professor of Biblical Interpretation at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of An Unsuitable Book: The Bible as Scandalous Text (Sheffield Phoenix) and David as Reader: 2 Samuel 12:1–15 and the Poetics of Fatherhood (Brill).

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