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For more than four decades, David Lyle Jeffrey has enriched the world of Christian scholarship. Throughout his work, Jeffrey has drawn attention to the ways in which imaginative engagements with biblical texts have been central to major shifts in Christian and post-Christian hermeneutics, ethics, and aesthetics. The purpose of this volume is to challenge and deepen that growing discourse by showing how English literature across varied traditions unfolds a central Christian interaction between divine Incarnation, invented narrative, and ethical praxis. In their essays, the authors demonstrate how an imaginative engagement with biblical narratives, in historical or contemporary writing, continues to provide a fruitful means to address the intellectual and ethical antinomies of the postmodern scene. The articles in this collection form two groups: the first set of essays focus on specific episodes or moments of historical change within European biblical literary traditions; the second group focuses on the dissemination of biblical literary engagements in areas outside of European contexts, ranging from North America to South Africa to China. Unique in the wide range of topics it covers—itself a reflection of Jeffrey’s own broad scope of scholarship—the collection functions as a working example of Jeffrey’s thesis that the biblical tradition has a far-reaching influence on the development of Western literature, even by those who are reluctant to acknowledge its present influence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: European Biblical Cultures: Interventions in Traditions
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. Chapter 1: Latin Pedagogy and Ethical Endsin the “Royal Grammar” (1542)
  2. Phillip J. Donnelly
  3. pp. 15-41
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  1. Chapter 2: “Propter nos” and Paradise Lost: Reading and Inhabiting “This Pendent World”
  2. Dennis Danielson
  3. pp. 42-59
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  1. Chapter 3: Books and Their Readers: Visual Storytelling in the Copenhagen Ovide moralisé
  2. K. Sarah-Jane Murray, Tyler F. Walton
  3. pp. 60-95
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  1. Chapter 4: Backing into the Future: Romanticism, Secularization, and the Reinvention of Literature
  2. Stephen Prickett
  3. pp. 96-110
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  1. Chapter 5: Did Napoleon Exist? An Episode in the History of Exegesis
  2. John V. Fleming
  3. pp. 111-158
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  1. Chapter 6: The Nouvelle Humanism of Henri de Lubac and G.K. Chesterton
  2. Ralph C. Wood
  3. pp. 159-189
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  1. Chapter 7: “A Brother Helped by a Brother”: Friendship and the City in the Fiction of the Inklings
  2. Dominic Manganiello
  3. pp. 190-212
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  1. Part II: Dissemination of Biblical Traditions: West and East
  2. pp. 213-214
  1. Chapter 8: Revelation of the Word: “What’s at Stake” in the Study of the Bible and English Literature
  2. Gregory Maillet
  3. pp. 215-228
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  1. Chapter 9: The Bible in Canada and the United States
  2. Mark A. Noll
  3. pp. 229-245
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  1. Chapter 10: Samson and Self-Destroying Evil
  2. Eleonore Stump
  3. pp. 246-267
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  1. Chapter 11: Medieval Biblical Drama in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Chester Plays in Afterlife
  2. Theresa Coletti
  3. pp. 268-288
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  1. Chapter 12: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Religion in China
  2. Yang Huilin
  3. pp. 289-298
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  1. Chapter 13: Friend and Guide: Professor David L. Jeffrey and China
  2. Liu Yi-Qing
  3. pp. 299-305
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  1. Bibliography of David Lyle Jeffrey’s Published Works
  2. pp. 306-321
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 322-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-348
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268096717
Related ISBN
9780268044282
MARC Record
OCLC
877850732
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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