The Bible, Critical Theory and Reception, Leeds 2012

The Bible, Critical Theory and Reception Seminar

University of Leeds, 12-13 September, 2012

This seminar will be dedicated to some of the latest developments in biblical studies. Building on the success of the Bible and Critical Theory seminar and journal in the southern hemisphere, this approximate northern hemisphere equivalent will welcome papers in the general areas of critical theory, cultural studies and reception history. Reception history will be broadly understood to include the use, influence and receptions of biblical texts in all aspects of culture (e.g. film, pop music, literature, politics etc). All are welcome but please could you let James Crossley or John Lyons know if you plan to attend.

The papers will be delivered in seminar room G.20, Hopewell House on 171-73 Woodhouse Lane (a short way down from the distinctive Parkinson Building) – on the ground floor, turning left from the entrance.


12 September

10.30-11am: Arrive at seminar room G.20, Hopewell House.

11-12: James Crossley, ‘The Gove Bible: A Twenty-First Century Tale of Capitalism, Nationalism and Nostalgia’

12-1pm: Lunch

1-2: Mat Collins, ‘Monstrous Body or Angelic Form? The Ambiguous Anatomy of Asmodeus’

2.15-3.15: Hilary Perry, ‘God’s Earthly People: C. I. Scofield and the Blessing of Israel’

3.30-4.30: Katie Edwards, ‘Te Adoramos, Maria: Constructions of Female Sexuality in Images of Mary’

13 September

11-12: Hugh Pyper, ‘From Zion to Olympus: Israel and Athletics’ (an Olympic Games Limited Edition paper)

12-1pm: Lunch

1-2: Michael Sandford (University of Sheffield) ‘The Jewish Hermeneutic: A Postcolonial Critique’

2.15-3.15: Robert Rae & Andrew Bailey, ‘A comparison of the depiction of the Devil in the films The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Devil’s Advocate and Constantine with the character of the Satan in the Book of Job’

3.30-4.30: John Lyons, ‘From Golgotha to Glastonbury and Beyond: Translating the Ideology of Jewish Burial Piety into the Ideology of English Imperial Exceptionalism’

4.30 Future planning


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