Category: Biblical Studies


Carol LaHurd "Biblical Exorcism and Reader Response to Ritual in Narrative" In The Daemonic Imagination: Biblical Text and Secular Story. eds. Robert Detweiler and William G. Doty. Atlanta: American Academy of Religion 1990 : 53-63

Applying reader response criticism and ritual studies, LaHurd examines Jesus’ encounter with the Gerasene demoniac in Mark 5. Mark’s portrayal of Jesus is illuminated by analysis of such ritual elements as liminality, exorcism, and the categories of clean and unclean.

Kathryn Schifferdecker "Creation Theology" In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings. eds. Tremper Longman and Peter Enns. InterVarsity Press 2008

Describes themes in the creation theology of the Wisdom books of the Old Testament and the Psalms.

Rivta H. Williams "Chapter 5: An Illustration of Historical Inquiry: Histories of Jesus and Matthew 1:1-25" In Handbook of Early Christianity and the Social Sciences. ed. Anthony J. Blasi, Paul-Andre Turcotte, Jean Duhaime. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press 2002 : 105-124

This essay integrates cultural anthropological insights about life in the ancient Mediterranean world with traditional historical critical methods for reconstructing the life of Jesus. As I assess the historicity of Matthew‘s birth narrative, I ask how its claims would have been understood by the 1st century Judeans in the text and who produced the text, specifically, would claims for virginal conception make sense to them?

Rivta H. Williams "Chapter 14 – Purity, Dirt, Anomalies and Abominations" In The Social World of the New Testament. eds. Dietmar Neufeld and Richard E. DeMaris. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group 2010 : 207-219

Drawing on the work of anthropologist Mary Douglas, I define purity rules as symbolic expressions of a group‘s identity and core values. Reading Mark 7:1-23 through this lens demonstrates that Jesus and the Pharisees are both concerned about the purity of personal and social bodies, but differ in their assessment of what threatens that purity and how best to preserve the body‘s wholeness and integrity.

Rivta H. Williams "Bishops as Brokers of Heavenly Goods: Ignatius to the Ephesians" In Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East. ed. Richard E. Averbeck, Mark Chavalas, David Weisberg. Bethesda, MD: CDL Press 2002 : 389-398

In this essay I contend that the Greco-Roman system of patron-broker-client relations shaped early church structures in important ways, even when the language of patronage was not explicitly used. This is especially evident in Ignatius of Antioch‘s letter to the Ephesians in which he ascribes various functions to bishops that most resemble the role of brokers of heavenly goods in a system of divine patronage.


Carol LaHurd , Review of "Review of Paul, Monotheism, and the People of God, by Nancy Calvert-Koyzis" In Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 2006
Carol LaHurd , Review of "Review of Many Things in Parables: Jesus and His Modern Critics, by Charles W. Hedrick" In Catholic Biblical Quarterly. April 2005
Carol LaHurd , Review of "Review of Abraham: Sign of Hope for Jews, Christians, and Muslims" In Pro Ecclesia. 1998
Carol LaHurd , Review of "Review of Lord of the Banquet: The Literary and Theological Significance of the Lukan Travel Narrative" In Horizons in Biblical Theology. 1990


Sharon Betcher Calling of the Nations: Biblical Hermeneutics, Colonial & Postcolonial PreOccupations.., eds. Mark Vessey, Sharon Betcher, Harry Maier, and Robert Daum. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2051

Current notions of nationhood, communal identity, territorial entitlement, and collective destiny are deeply rooted in historic interpretations of the Bible. Interweaving elements of history, theology, literary criticism, and cultural theory, the essays in this volume discuss the ways in which biblical understandings have shaped Western – and particularly European and North American – assumptions about the nature and meaning of the nation.