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Bodies, Borders, Believers:

Ancient Texts and Present Conversations

By Anne Hege Grung, Marianne Bjelland Kartzow and Anna Rebecca Solevåg (editors)

Bodies, Borders, Believers

Bodies, Borders, Believers:

Ancient Texts and Present Conversations

By Anne Hege Grung, Marianne Bjelland Kartzow and Anna Rebecca Solevåg (editors)

An interdisciplinary collection of essays celebrating the work of the Norwegian theologian Turid Karlsen Seim, offering perspectives on her major themes.

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ISBN: 9780227175965

Specifications: 229x153mm (9x6in), 472pp

Published: May 2016


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ISBN: 9780227905548

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Published: May 2016

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This stimulating collection of essays by prominent scholars honours Turid Karlsen Seim, the prominent Norwegian theologian. Bodies, Borders, Believers brings together biblical scholars, ecumenical theologians, archaeologists, classicists, art historians, and church historians to probe the past and its reception in the present. The contributions discuss Seim's broad research interests, covering such themes as gender analysis, bodily practices, and ecumenical dialogue. Many scholarly traditions, theoretical orientations and methodological approaches are represented through the international group of contributors, making this book an interdisciplinary and border-crossing endeavour.

Anne Hege Grung is an Associate Professor in Practical Theology at the Practical-Theological Seminary, Oslo. She is the author of Gender Justice in Muslim-Christian Readings.

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow is Professor of New Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. She is the author of Gossip and Gender (2009) and Destabilizing the Margins (2012).

Anna Rebecca Solevåg is Associate Professor at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway. She is the author of Birthing Salvation (2013).

These articles refuse to be segregated on one side of any border, present conversations setting parameters for complementary readings of Scriptures, ancient texts complicating contemporary categories, thus embodying the pioneering spirit of the scholar honored by this strong, consistent, genre-defying collection. Jennifer A. Glancy, author of Slavery in Early Christianity and Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies
A tribute to the first woman with a doctoral degree in theology from a Norwegian university, by some of her students and colleagues, this volume showcases the broad orientation of Seim's theological interests spanning from exegesis via social reception history to ecumenical theology. It also presents samples of what is by now a coherent trajectory: the 'Oslo School' of gender-critical work on early Christian texts – one of whose main inspirations is Professor Seim herself! Jorunn Økland, Professor of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in the Humanities, University of Oslo
In this remarkable collection, international scholars of the Bible, church history, art history, classics, archaeology, and ecumenical dialogue follow Seim's model of nuanced interpretation in The Double Message: Patterns of Gender in Luke-Acts. Luke features women prominently but simultaneously subordinates them. In this volume, scholars take the body seriously as a site for theologizing; explore the borders between life and death, women and men, and Christians and Muslims; and discuss how belief can unite, not just divide. Bernadette J. Brooten, Robert and Myra Kraft Professor of Christian Studies, Brandeis University
The book is truly a border crossing endeavour in terms of scholarly traditions, theoretical orientations and methodological approaches. Ronald Charles, in Theological Book Review, Vol 28, No 2