Jesus, the Gospels, and Cinematic Imagination: A Handbook
to Jesus on DVD.
Co-authored with Richard Walsh. Westminster John Knox, 2007.
Reviewed by Matt Page in his Bible Films Blog, December 14, 2007; by Phil Groom for UK Christian Bookshops Reviews; by Richard Stern in Homiletics 30:1 (2008) 45-46; by Clifton Grasham-Reeves in Reviews in Religion and Theology 15:3 (2008) 362-364; by Leonard Greenspoon in Biblical Archaeology Review 34:6 (2008) 78-80; International Review of Biblical Studies 54 (2007); by Jay Twomey in Bible and Critical Theory 5:1 (2009); and called an "indispensible tool" by Jon Rainey in his essay "The Cinematic Savior: Jesus Films and Related Literature" (Theological Librarianship (3:2) 2010).
Summarizes eighteen Jesus films available on DVD, with brief descriptions of major characters, the directors and their other major films, and the films' genres and socio-political settings. A listing of DVD chapters and extras concludes each chapter. At the end of the book is a harmony of film parallels that lists by hour, minute, and second where each gospel scene can be found on the DVDs.
The following additional tools may be helpful for those teaching courses on Jesus films or for those doing research on Jesus films: Study questions related to each film, glossary of terms, annotated bibliography, Scripture index, list of erratafor the "Gospels Harmony of Jesus Films on DVD," list of internet links to Jesus movies and Jesus movie excerpts, list of humorous YouTube links that I call "Jesus Shorts."
John and Postcolonialism: Travel, Space, and Power.
Co-edited with Musa Dube. Continuum International, 2002.
in Anglican Theological
Review 85:4, and by Fernando Segovia,
"Johannine Studies and the Geopolitical: Reflections
upon Absence and Irruption," pp. 281-306 in What We Have Heard
From the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future
of Johannine Studies. Tom Thatcher,
editor. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007.
Besides developing the original book proposal and editing the essays, my major contribution to this book is the article listed below as "Dis Place, Man." The book can be purchased in electronic format from Logos Bible Software by clicking on the title above.
Taking it Personally: Autobiographical Biblical Criticism.
Co-edited with Janice Capel Anderson. Semeia 72 (1995).
This volume did not actually appear in print until 1997. For my two essays in the collection, see the category "Essays on Autobiography and the New Testament" (below). These essays are online in the ATLA database accessible through most university libraries.
and the American West in the Gospel of John.
Continuum, 1995. Released in paper, 2002.
Review 22:4; Review
and Expositor 94; 59:2; Catholic Biblical
Quarterly 59:2; Christianity and Literature 46:2; Literature and Theology
John Dominic Crossan interacts extensively with my "Postmortem Passion Play" (Chapter 6) in his essay on Mark's Gospel entitled "The Power of the Dog," in Postmodern Interpretations of the Bible: A Reader. Edited by A. K. M. Adam (Chalice, 2001), pp. 187-194.
The Print's First Kiss: A Rhetorical Investigation of the Implied Reader in the Fourth Gospel. SBLDS 82, Scholars Press, 1988.
Reviewed in: Revue Biblique 97:4; Religious Studies Review 18:1; Australian Biblical Review 37; Catholic Biblical Quarterly 52:1; Critical Review of Books in Religion 2; Interpretation 44:2.
This Graduate Theological Union dissertation was completed in 1985. The particularly innovative part of the work argues there is a "reader victimization" strategy at work throughout the Gospel that explains the text's glaring inconsistencies better than any theory of multi-layered editing or redaction. Reevaluates the symbolic language of the wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-11) and interprets the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42) as a parody.
|Essays on Film and the New Testament|
and in the Gospels.” SBL
Teaching the Bible: An E-Newsletter for Public School
Teachers of the Bible. September, 2010.
“Resurrection Dysfunction, or One Hundred Years of Cinematic Attempts at Raising a Stiff (Jn 11:1-46).” In Anatomies of the Fourth Gospel. Resources in Biblical Studies. Edited by Stephen Moore and Tom Thatcher. Scholars Press, 2008.
Analyzes nine film versions of the Raising of Lazarus (1905-2003) comparing these to the scene in the Gospel of John, and showing how the filmed versions change the focus of the story. Seeks to place these changes within the context of American culture and the history of cinema itself. This online version was corrected in October 2009.
“Reading ‘This Woman’ Back into John 7:1-8:59: Liar Liar and the ‘Pericope Adulterae’ in Intertextual Tango.” In Those Outside: Noncanonical Readings of Canonical Gospels. Edited by George Aichele and Richard Walsh. Continuum, 2004.
Explores the connections between Jim Carrey in the film Liar Liar and the textually suspect story of the Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11).
“Meeting Patch Again for the First Time: Purity and Compassion in Marcus Borg, the Gospel of Mark, and Patch Adams.” In Screening Scripture: The Bible and Classic Film. Edited by George Aichele and Richard Walsh. Trinity Press International, 2002.
Reviewed in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 3 (2003); discussed in Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide, Christopher Deacy and Gaye Williams Ortiz (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008) 57-58.
|Essays on Postcolonialism and the New Testament|
Over and Help Us’: A Postcolonial Reading
of Biblical Imagery in the WHMS Oriental
Home National Fundraising Tour, 1908-1909.” In Postcolonial
Interventions. Edited by Tat-siong Bennie Liew
(Sheffield Phoenix, 2009). Combines my interest in
nineteenth century San Francisco Chinatown with biblical
scholarship. Begins with R. S.
Sugirtharajah's questions in his Postcolonial
and Biblical Interpretation, where he argues
that “Postcolonial criticism poses the following
questions to the Bible: Who has the power to interpret
or tell stories? To whom do the stories/texts belong?
Who controls their meaning? Who decides what texts we
choose? Against whom are these stories or
interpretations aimed? What is their ethical effect? Who
has power to access data?” Explores the “how of
tradition invention,” which might help to “legitimize Asian American
biblical hermeneutics through an inventive tradition of citation” (Tat-siong Bennie
Liew, What is
Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament, [Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press] 2008).
This online version was revised in June 2011.
“‘Clothed and in Her Right Mind’: Mark 5:1-20 and Postcolonial Discourse.” In Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the
Combines my interest in nineteenth century San Francisco Chinatown with biblical scholarship. This online version was revised in June 2011.
“Postcolonial Reflections on
Is a postcolonial reading of Luke's gospel possible? It depends upon what you read alongside the gospel.
Uses Michelle Cliff's novel No Telephone to Heaven as a starting point for a critical appraisal of place and space in the Fourth Gospel. Explores the metaphor of the rhizome as an autobiographical entrance into issues of displacement in John 4 and 15.
“Changing Woman: A Postcolonial, Postfeminist Interpretation of Acts 16.6-40.” In A Feminist Companion to Acts. Edited by A.-J. Levine and Marianne Blickenstaff. Continuum, 2004.
This is a revised version of my “Changing Woman: Postcolonial Reflections on Acts 16.6-40.” JSNT 73 1999. The exegesis is influenced by Native American studies. Looks at Lydia and the slave girl of Acts 16 from the intertextual framework of Leslie Marmon Silko's novel Ceremony and Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Laughing Boy. A shorter version of the essay appears as “Reading Acts 16:6-40 on the Edges of the Navajo Reservation” in Word and World (Summer 2004).
|Essays on Autobiography and the New Testament|
is Critical about Autobiographical Biblical Criticism?”
Biblical Criticism: Between Text and Self. Edited
by Ingrid Rosa Kitzberger. Deo Publishing, 2002.
“Disseminations: An Autobiographical Midrash on Fatherhood in John’s Gospel.” Semeia 85 (1999). Reprinted in Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism: A Critical Reader. Edited by Bjorn Krondorfer. London: SCM , 2009. An earlier version of this essay appeared as “Fathers and Sons: Fragments from an Autobiographical Midrash on the Gospel of John.” In The Personal Voice in Biblical Interpretation. Edited by Ingrid Rosa Kitzberger. Routledge, 1999.
Influenced strongly by gender studies, and Jacques Derrida.
“Autobiography.” In Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation. Edited by A. K. M. Adam. Chalice, 2000.
“Introduction.” In Taking It Personally: Autobiographical Biblical Criticism. Co-edited with
“Narrative Structure (Self Stricture) in Luke 4:14-9:62: The United States of Luke’s Story World.” Semeia 72 (1995).
Fiction, the Radical Right, and Recent Historical Jesus
Meanings We Choose: Hermeneutical Ethics and the
Conflict of Interpretations. Edited by Charles
Cosgrove. Trinity Press International, 2004.
“Manhood and New Testament Studies After September 11.” In New Testament Masculinities. Edited by Janice Capel Anderson and
“What Can a Postmodern Approach to the Fourth Gospel Add to Contemporary Debates About its Historical Situation?” In Jesus in Johannine Tradition. Edited by Robert Fortna and Thomas Thatcher. Westminster/John Knox, 2001.
“The Apostle John.” In Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, and Astrid B. Beck. Eerdmans, 2000.
“Subversive Narrator/Victimized Reader: A Reader Response Assessment of a Text-Critical Problem, Jn -24.” JSNT 51, 1993. (A greatly revised version of this essay became chapter three in my later book Reading with a Passion: Rhetoric, Autobiography and the American West in the Gospel of John [Continuum, 1995]).
“Stumbling in the Dark, Reaching for the Light: Reading Character in John 5 and 9.” Semeia 53, 1991. (A greatly revised version of this essay became chapter one in my later book Reading with a Passion: Rhetoric, Autobiography and the American West in the Gospel of John [Continuum, 1995]).
“The Structure of John’s Prologue: Its Implications for the Gospel’s Narrative Structure.” CBQ 48, 1986.
Unfinished, Unpublished Introduction to the Gospel of
|Faith Journeys in John
Originally intended to be a eight-chapter study guide for church folk studying the Gospel of John for the first time, this project may never
be finished. However, I have added the two completed chapters to this webpage, believing that they offer the beginning reader of John a
useful, easy-to-read introduction to the Fourth Gospel.
Journeys of Faith in the Gospel of John: A Guidebook for All Ages
Includes a preface, a brief annotated bibliography, and Chapter One: A Rim with a View (John 1:1-18).
The Chiastic Structure of John 1:1-18
Includes a brief definition of chiasms and a description of the concentric structure of Johannine narrative.
The Never Ending Story (John 21)