The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America

ISBN : 9780190258849

Paul C. Gutjahr
728 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
Oxford Handbooks
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Early Americans have long been considered "A People of the Book" Because the nickname was coined primarily to invoke close associations between Americans and the Bible, it is easy to overlook the central fact that it was a book-not a geographic location, a monarch, or even a shared language-that has served as a cornerstone in countless investigations into the formation and fragmentation of early American culture. Few books can lay claim to such powers of civilization-altering influence. Among those which can are sacred books, and for Americans principal among such books stands the Bible. This Handbook is designed to address a noticeable void in resources focused on analyzing the Bible in America in various historical moments and in relationship to specific institutions and cultural expressions. It takes seriously the fact that the Bible is both a physical object that has exercised considerable totemic power, as well as a text with a powerful intellectual design that has inspired everything from national religious and educational practices to a wide spectrum of artistic endeavors to our nation's politics and foreign policy. This Handbook brings together a number of established scholars, as well as younger scholars on the rise, to provide a scholarly overview-rich with bibliographic resources-to those interested in the Bible's role in American cultural formation.


Acknowledgments; Contributor Biographies; Introduction; Paul C. Gutjahr; Part I: Bible Production ; 1. Protestant English-Language Bible Publishing and Translation; Paul C. Gutjahr; 2. American Children's Bibles; Russell W. Dalton; 3. Native American Bible Translations; Linford D. Fisher; 4. Bible Bindings and Formats; Seth Perry; Part II: Biblical Interpretation and Usage; 5. Seventeenth-Century Biblical Interpretation; Robert E. Brown; 6. Eighteenth-Century Biblical Interpretation; Jan Stievermann; 7. Nineteenth-Century Biblical Interpretation; Mark Noll; 8. Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Biblical Interpretation; Daniel J. Treier and Craig Hefner; 9. The Bible in the Electronic Age; John B. Weaver; 10. The Bible and Feminist Interpretation; Claudia Setzer; 11. The Bible and American LGBT Interpretation; Teresa J. Hornsby; 12. The Bible and African American Culture; Abraham Smith; 13. The Bible and Creationism; Susan L. Trollinger and William Vance Trollinger, Jr.; 14. The King James Only Movement; Jason A. Hentschel; 15. The Bible and the Sermonic Tradition; Dawn Coleman; Part III: The Bible in American History and Culture; 16. The Bible and American Education; Suzanne Rosenblith and Patrick Womac; 17. The Bible in American Law; Daniel L. Dreisbach; 18. The Bible in American Politics; Daniel A. Morris; 19. The Bible and Slavery; Emerson Powery; 20. The Bible and Sports; Jeffrey Scholes; 21. The Bible and the Military; Ed Waggoner; 22. The Bible and the Founding of the Nation; Eran Shalev; 23. The Bible in the Civil War; Paul Harvey; 24. The Bible and the Religious Right; Rebecca Barrett-Fox; 25. The Bible and Environmentalism; Calvin B. DeWitt; Part IV: The Bible and the Arts; 26. The Bible and Art; Kristin Schwain; 27. English Cinema and tThe Bible and Cinema; William D. Romanowski; 28. The Bible and Literature; Shira Wolosky; 29. The Bible and Graphic Novels and Comic Books; Andrew T. Coates; 30. The Bible and Music; Jason C. Bivins; 31. Performing the Bible; James S. Bielo; Part V: The Bible and Religious Traditions; 32. The Bible and Judaism; Jonathan D. Sarna; 33. The Bible and Catholicism; Donald Senior; 34. The Bible and Orthodox Christians; A. G. Roeber; 35. The Bible and the Mainline Denominations; Elesha Coffman; 36. The Bible and Evangelicalism; John G. Stackhouse, Jr.; 37. The Bible and Fundamentalism; Randall J. Stephens; 38. The Bible and Pentecostalism; Michael J. McClymond; 39. The Bible and Mormonism; David Holland; 40. The Bible and Seventh-Day Adventists; Nicholas Miller; 41. The Bible and Jehovah's Witnesses; Michael J. Gilmour; 42. The Bible and Christian Scientists; Michael W. Hamilton

About the author: 

Paul C. Gutjahr is Ruth Halls Professor of English at Indiana University. Among his numerous books and articles, he is the author of An American Bible: The History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1881 (1999), Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy (2011), and The Book of Mormon: A Biography (2012).

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