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Terror in the Bible: Rhetoric, Gender and Violence
Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon, Robyn J. Whitaker, editors
Publication Date
December 2021


“The authors of these chapters pursue more excellent ways. They wrestle with the Bible, faith, and feminism. They do not let go without challenge and blessing.”—Phyllis Trible

This volume of essays, inspired by Phyllis Trible’s Texts of Terror, examines the terrorizing potential of biblical texts as they intersect with issues of context, gender, caste, violence, and colonization/imperialism. Contributors writing from Australia, India, New Zealand, Tonga, South Africa, and the US interrogate biblical texts from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament to bring to the fore their terrorizing and terrifying potential and their violent and violating impact particularly on women and minoritized men as they intersect with cultures in their home contexts. Essays engage Trible by paying attention to some of the same biblical texts through new questions, extending the repertoire of Trible’s terrorizing texts to include those not always seen as texts of terror and stretching and extending her interpretations into new contexts. Contributors include Karen Eller, Rachelle Gilmour, Laura Griffin, Jione Havea, Dorothy A. Lee, Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon, Brent Pelton, Angela Sawyer, David Tombs, Gerald O. West, Robyn J. Whitaker, and Adela Yarbro Collins. A foreword by Phyllis Trible reflects on what motivated her work and how this volume pushes the academy and the church to deal with the violence inherent in some biblical texts.

Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Academic Dean at Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia.

Robyn J. Whitaker is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia.