Ireland and the Reception of the Bible: Social and Cultural Perspectives

Bradford A. Anderson, Jonathan Kearney, Martin McNamara, Salvador Ryan, Fearghus Ó. Fearghail, Ciaran Mac Murchaidh, Brendan McConvery, Kieran O'Mahony, Brian Murray, Joshua Searle, Rebecca Uberoi, Patrick Mitchel, Eoin O'Mahony, Ian Leask, Thomas O'Loughlin, David Hutchinson Edgar, Carmel McCarthy, Amanda Dillon, Myra Hayes, Siobhán Dowling Long, Róisín Blunnie, and Geert Lernout

Ireland and the Reception of the Bible: Social and Cultural Perspectives
Ireland and the Reception of the Bible: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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Series: Scriptural Traces
Categories: Cultural Issues

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Drawing on the work of leading figures in biblical, religious, historical, and cultural studies in Ireland and beyond, this volume explores the reception of the Bible in Ireland, focusing on the social and cultural dimensions of such use of the Bible. This includes the transmission of the Bible, the Bible and identity formation, engagement beyond Ireland, and cultural and artistic appropriation of the Bible. The chapters collected here are particularly useful and insightful for those researching the use and reception of the Bible, as well as those with broader interests in social and cultural dimensions of Irish history and Irish studies.

The chapters challenge the perception in the minds of many that the Bible is a static book with a fixed place in the world that can be relegated to ecclesial contexts and perhaps academic study. Rather, as this book shows, the role of the Bible in the world is much more complex. Nowhere is this clearer than in Ireland, with its rich and complex religious, cultural, and social history. This volume examines these very issues, highlighting the varied ways in which the Bible has impacted Irish life and society, as well as the ways in which the cultural specificity of Ireland has impacted the use and development of the Bible both in Ireland and further afield.

  • Table of contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Foreword -- John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School, USA
  • List of Contributors
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Situating Ireland and Socio-Cultural Reception of the Bible -- (Bradford A. Anderson, Dublin City University, Ireland and Jonathan Kearney, Dublin City University, Ireland)
  • Part One: Ireland and the Transmission of the Bible
    • 1. The Multifaceted Transmission of the Bible in Ireland, A.D. 550-1200 CE -- (Martin McNamara, Milltown Institute, Ireland)
    • 2. The Bible and 'the People' in Ireland, c.1100-c.1650 -- (Salvador Ryan, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland)
    • 3. Translating the Bible into Irish, 1565-1850 -- (Fearghus Ó Fearghail, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Ireland)
    • 4. 'The Little Ones Called for Bread and there was None that Would Break it for Them': Some Notes on the Use of the Bible in the Sermons of Bishop James Gallagher -- (Ciaran Mac Murchaidh, Dublin City University, Ireland)
    • 5. Irish Catholic Bible Readers before the Famine -- (Brendan McConvery, St Patrick's College Maynooth, Ireland)
    • 6. The Catholic Lectionary: Its Creation, Reception and Challenge -- (Kieran O'Mahony, Diocese of Dublin, Ireland)
  • Part Two: The Bible and Identity in Ireland
    • 7. 'This Booke hath bred all the quarrel': The Bible in the 1641 Depositions -- (Bradford A. Anderson, Dublin City University, Ireland)
    • 8. The Last of the Milesians: In Search of Ireland's Biblical Past, 1760-1900 -- (Brian Murray, King's College London, UK)
    • 9. Between Ulster and the Kingdom of God: Uses of the Bible by Evangelicals in the Northern Ireland Troubles -- (Joshua Searle, Spurgeon's College, UK)
    • 10. Dancing Like David and Overcoming Enemies: Scripture and Culture in Christ Apostolic Church Dublin -- (Rebecca Uberoi, independent scholar)
    • 11. God's Preference for the Poor: The Bible and Social Justice in Ireland -- (Patrick Mitchel, Irish Bible Institute, Ireland)
    • 12. How Sacred Text Becomes Religious Artefact: A Cultural Geography of the Book of Kells -- (Eoin O'Mahony, University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Part Three: Ireland and Beyond: Reciprocal Influences
    • 13. Toland, Spinoza, and the Naturalization of Scripture -- (Ian Leask, Dublin City University, Ireland)
    • 14. Irish Travellers to the Dead Sea: The Interplay and Impact of Empirical Investigation and Biblical Exegesis -- (Thomas O'Loughlin, University of Nottingham, UK)
    • 15. The Chester Beatty Biblical Collection: A Treasury of Early Christian Manuscripts in an Irish Library -- (David Hutchinson Edgar, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
    • 16. 'Casting Bread Upon the Water': A Voyage of Discovery -- (Carmel McCarthy, University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Part Four: Cultural and Artistic Appropriation: Imagery, Music, and Literature
    • 17. The Book of Kells and the Visual Identity of Ireland -- (Amanda Dillon, independent scholar)
    • 18. Imaging the Bible in Stained Glass: Five Stained Glass Windows by Michael Healy in St. Brendan's Cathedral, Loughrea -- (Myra Hayes, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Ireland)
    • 19. The Bible in Music during Dublin's Golden Age -- (Siobhán Dowling Long, University College Cork, Ireland)
    • 20. Scripture, Music, and the Shaping of Irish Cultural Identities -- (Róisín Blunnie, Dublin City University, Ireland)
    • 21. James Joyce and the Study of the Bible -- (Geert Lernout, University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Index


Pages: 416
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2018
ISBN-10: 0567678873
ISBN-13: 9780567678874

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