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The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter
Philip Culbertson, Elaine M. Wainwright
SemeiaSt 65
Publication Date
October 2010


In popular culture, the Bible is generally associated with films: The Passion of the Christ, The Ten Commandments, Jesus of Montreal, and many others. Less attention has been given to the relationship between the Bible and other popular media such as hip-hop, reggae, rock, and country and western music; popular and graphic novels; animated television series; and apocalyptic fantasy. This collection of essays explores a range of media and the way the Bible features in them, applying various hermeneutical approaches, engaging with critical theory, and providing conceptual resources and examples of how the Bible reads popular culture—and how popular culture reads the Bible. This useful resource will be of interest for both biblical and cultural studies. The contributors are Elaine M. Wainwright, Michael Gilmour, Mark McEntire, Dan W. Clanton Jr., Philip Culbertson, Jim Perkinson, Noel Leo Erskine, Tex Sample, Roland Boer, Terry Ray Clark, Steve Taylor, Tina Pippin, Laura Copier, Jaap Kooijman, Caroline Vander Stichele, and Erin Runions.

Philip Culbertson is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at College of the Desert. He is the co-editor of Penina Uliuli: Contemporary Challenges in Mental Health for Pacific Peoples (University Of Hawai’i Press) and the author of The Spirituality of Men: Sixteen Christians Write about Their Faith and Caring for God’s People: Counseling and Christian Wholeness (both Fortress).

Elaine M. Wainwright is Richard Maclaurin Goodfellow Professor in Theology and Head of School at the University of Auckland School of Theology. She is the author of Shall We Look for Another: A Feminist Re-reading of the Matthean Jesus (Orbis), Women Healing/Healing Women: The Genderisation of Healing in Early Christianity (Equinox), and the editor of Spirit Possession, Theology, and Identity: A Pacific Exploration (ATF Press).