Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible
Figuring Mephibosheth in the David Story
By (author) Jeremy Schipper
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Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible by Jeremy Schipper
Book DescriptionThis unique interdisciplinary book uses a fresh approach to explore issues of disability in the Hebrew Bible. It examines how disability functions into the "David Story" (1 Samuel 16; 1 Kings 2) by paying special attention to Mephibosheth, the only biblical character with a disability as a sustained character trait. The "David Story" contains some of the Bible's most striking images of disability. Nonetheless, interpreters tend to focus on legal material rather than narratives when studying disability in the Hebrew Bible. Often, they neglect the "David Story's" complex use of disability. They overlook its use of disability imagery as open to critical interpretation because its stereotypical meanings may seem so commonplace and transparent. Yet recent work in the burgeoning field of disability studies presents disability as a complicated motif that demands more critical engagement than it typically receives Informed by exciting developments in this field, this book argues that the "David Story" employs disability imagery as a subtle mode of narrating and organizing various ideological positions regarding national identity. Images of disability emerge not as simple or isolated character descriptions, but carefully choreographed depictions that underwrite the poetics of the story. This book starts an important and much needed conversation between biblical and disability studies, and in doing so makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the "David Story".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780567027825
(228mm x 153mm x 18mm)
Imprint: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jeremy Schipper
Parables and Conflict in the Hebrew Bible, Paperback (September 2012)
This book argues that the parables function to help create, intensify, and justify judgments and hostile actions against their audiences.
Disability Studies and Biblical Literature, Hardback (November 2011)
The primary aim of this volume is to synthesize the two fields of disability studies and biblical studies. It illustrates how academic or critical biblical scholarship has shown that many texts involving disability in the Bible is much more nuanced than a casual reading or isolated proof texting may indicate.
Disability and Isaiah's Suffering Servant, Paperback (September 2011)» View all books by Jeremy Schipper
In standard biblical interpretations the "Suffering Servant" figure in Isaiah 53 is understood as an otherwise able bodied person who suffers. Jeremy Schipper challenges this reading and shows that the text describes the servant with language and imagery typically associated with disability in ancient Near Eastern literature.
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Author Biography - Jeremy Schipper
Jeremy Schipper is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection of essays entitled This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies.
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