The Bible and Art, Perspectives from Oceania

Caroline Blyth, Nasili Vaka’uta, Emily Colgan, Robin Woodward, Roland Boer, Murray Rae, Anne Elvey, Jione Havea, Yael Klangwisan, Judith Brown, Elaine Mary Wainwright, and Jacky Sewell

The Bible and Art, Perspectives from Oceania
The Bible and Art, Perspectives from Oceania

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Series: Scriptural Traces
Categories: Cultural Issues

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This volume takes readers on a fascinating journey through the visual arts of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, contemplating the multivocal dialogues that occur between these artistic media and the texts and traditions of the Bible. With their distinctively antipodean perspectives, contributors explore the innovative ways that both creators and beholders of Oceanic arts draw upon their contexts and cultures in order to open up creative engagements with the stories, themes and theologies of the biblical traditions.

Various motifs weave their way throughout the volume, including antipodean landscapes and ecology, (post)colonialism, philosophy, Oceanic spiritualities and the often contested engagements between western and indigenous cultures. Within this weaving process, each essay invites readers to contemplate these various forms of visual culture through Oceanic eyes, and to appreciate the fresh insights that this process can bring to reading and interpreting the biblical traditions. The result is a rich and interdisciplinary array of conversations that will capture the attention of readers within the fields of biblical reception studies, cultural studies, theology and art history.

  • Table of contents
  • List of figures
  • List of contributors
  • List of abbreviations
  • Introduction – Caroline Blyth and Nasili Vaka'uta
  • 1. Analogies with Anathoth: Reading Land, Reading Jeremiah in the Paintings of Michael Shepherd – Emily Colgan, Trinity Methodist College, New Zealand
  • 2. Darryn George: The Meeting of Modernism and Maori Tradition – Robin Woodward, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 3. The Absurdly Ideal Jesus of Reg Mombassa – Roland Boer, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 4. Architectural Expression of the Body of Christ – Murray Rae, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • 5. Art as Method: Visualising Interpretation through Tongan Ngatu – Nasili Vaka'uta, Trinity Methodist College, New Zealand
  • 6. Sister Gael O'Leary: A Road Less Travelled – Robin Woodward, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 7. Exploring Visual Exegesis: A Conversation between Artist and Beholders – Caroline Blyth, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Alex Farrell, Independent Scholar
  • 8. Michael Riley's Bible and the Touch of the Text (with reference to the Gospel of Luke) – Anne Elvey, Monash University, Australia
  • 9. Tatauing Cain: Reading the Sign on Cain from the Ground – Jione Havea, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • 10. Terry Stringer: From Scripture to Sculpture – Robin Woodward, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 11. Berešît: Countersigning Maria O'Connor's Equus' Ashes with Derrida's L'animal – Yael Klangwisan, Laidlaw College, New Zealand
  • 12. Is this the Place? The Promised Land in Colin McCahon's Paintings – Judith Brown, Presbyterian Church of New Zealand
  • 13. Of Birth and Death: Hearing and Seeing Then and Now – Elaine Wainwright, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 14. 'The Painting is Suffering': Maori and Pasefika boys respond to images of Christ and Peter – Jacky Sewell, Ripon College Cuddesdon, UK
  • Index of Biblical References
  • Index of Authors


Pages: 288
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2017
ISBN-10: 0567673294
ISBN-13: 9780567673299

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