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The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Story and Performance

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This cutting-edge volume has been brought together in honor of Thomas Boomershine, author, scholar, storyteller, and innovator. The particular occasion inviting this recognition of his work is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Society of Biblical Literature’s section on The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media (BAMM), which Tom was instrumental in founding. For two and half decades this program unit has provided scholars with opportunities to explore and experience biblical material in media other than silent print, including both oral and multimedia electronic performances. This book explores many, though by no means all, of the issues lifted up in those sessions over the years.

This volume in the Biblical Performance Criticism Series is a great addition to your electronic library if you’re wanting to learn more about oral tradition and performance. In the Logos edition, this subject is easily searchable and more convenient than ever before, with Scripture references linked directly to your favorite Bible translation and cross references linked to other resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Explores the influence of modern media upon scriptural interpretation
  • Parallels storytelling methods between the ancient and modern world
  • Offers techniques for interpreting the Bible in modern media and beyond


  • Prologue
    • Why Everything We Know about the Bible Is Wrong: Lessons from the Media History of the Bible
  • Story and Performance in the Ancient World
    • The Storytelling World of the First Century and the Gospels
    • Women on the Way: A Reconstruction of the Late First-Century Women’s Storytelling
    • Oral Performance in the New Testament World
    • Competing Gospels: Imperial Echoes, A Dissident Voice
  • Story and Performance in the Modern World
    • What is Performance Criticism?
    • The Word Heard: How Hearing a Text Differs from Reading One
    • Life, Story, and the Bible
    • Taking Place/Taking up Space
    • Performing the Living Word: Learnings from a Storytelling Vocation
  • Epilogue
    • Interpreting the Bible at the Horizon of Virtual New Worlds

Product Details

  • Title: The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Story and Performance
  • Editors: Holly E. Hearon and Philip Ruge-Jones
  • Series: Biblical Performance Criticism
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 200

About the Editors

Holly E. Hearon is associate professor of New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She is the author of The Mary Magdalene Tradition: Witness and Counter-Witness in Early Christian Communities.

Philip Ruge-Jones is associate professor of Theology at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. He is the author of The Word of the Cross in a World of Glory and Cross in Tensions: Luther’s Theology of the Cross as Theologico-Social Critique.