Fortress Press

The Peoples' Companion to the Bible

The Peoples' Companion to the Bible

Curtiss Paul DeYoung (Editor), Wilda C. Gafney (Editor), Leticia Guardiola-Saenz (Editor), George E. Tinker (Editor), Frank Yamada (Editor)


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Building on the enthusiastic reception of and critical acclaim for The Peoples' Bible, hailed as "a rich resource" (Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza) that "will empower people to reclaim the Bible as a multicultural, dialogical, and living tradition" (Kwok Pui-lan), this colorful and engaging biblical textbook brings those same new perspectives in biblical studies to the college classroom. Highlighting the role of cultures in both the development of the Bible and in its subsequent reception around the world, The Peoples' Companion to the Bible enables students to see how social location has figured in the ways particular peoples have understood the biblical text and helps students formulate their own social location as a key to understanding the Bible and its import for them. The groundbreaking articles from The Peoples' Bible are all here, including "Culture and Identity"; "The Bible as a Text of Cultures" and "The Bible as a Text in Cultures"; "Jesus and Cultures"; "The Bible as an Instrument of Reconciliation"; "The Bible and Empire"; "Women, Culture, and the Bible"; and "Responsible Christian Exegesis of Hebrew Scripture," along with new essays designed for the classroom, including a Bible Reader's Self-Inventory; introductory essays on the Hebrew Bible and New Testament; and an essay on understanding the biblical theme of "the people of God" in a multicultural world.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800697020
  • Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 320
  • Publication Date May 1, 2010


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"The Peoples' Companion to the Bible is an excellent guide to studying the Bible with different eyes and from different cultural locations. No one should undertake the journey into the Bible without this expert guide. A must for students, faculty, and general readers."
—Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Krister Stendahl Professor
Harvard Divinity School

"Building on the work of scholars in the acclaimed Peoples' Bible, this vital new textbook infuses postmodern methods with an ethical imperative of mutual understanding and respect. Student readers analyze their own way of seeing in terms of culture, class, gender, racial identity, family structure, and more, en route to learning others' ways of seeing. They are thus empowered to engage the interpretations offered by scholars in essays on contextualized interpretation and the historical-critical method as these are applied to the biblical writings. The Peoples' Companion will help prepare students for life in a pluralistic and diverse world and will challenge teachers to think differently about their own pedagogical aims in the biblical studies classroom."
—Julia Lambert Fogg
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
and Chair of the Religion Department
California Lutheran University


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