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Online book launch: Habitats of the Basileia: Essays in Honour of Elaine M. Wainwright

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Please join us for the online book launch of Robert J. Myles, Caroline Blyth & Emily Colgan (eds), Habitats of the Basileia: Essays in Honour of Elaine M. Wainwright (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2024)

Habitats of the Basileia brings together some of the current and important work in biblical studies and theology, which takes seriously the demands and possibilities of applying contextual, feminist, decolonial, and ecological approaches to the critical study of the Bible and religion. The volume is inspired by the engaging work of Elaine M. Wainwright RSM; and invites us to imagine what thriving conditions and communities of the human and more-than-human might look like across multiple contexts.

– What did it mean for those living in biblical times, or for the early Jesus movement who proclaimed an alternative basileia or kingdom against the backdrop of Roman imperial power?
– What does it mean for various communities today, as we seek to understand and re-imagine what thriving conditions might look like in our own complex and often rapidly changing environments?

Written by a diverse range of biblical, theological, and religious studies scholars, the chapters in this volume collectively argue for and demonstrate the importance of context and being attuned to social location in the production of biblical and theological scholarship.

The essays are divided into three categories: the first seven chapters deal with the Gospel of Matthew, given the importance of this book to Elaine’s work. The next nine chapters explore biblical texts beyond Matthew through various lenses including those of gender, colonialism, the environment, animal studies, contextual hermeneutics, and class. The final three chapters are concerned with the legacies of both Elaine’s lifework and the broader avenues in current biblical research that have been nurtured and influenced through her efforts.

Contributors: Vicky Balabanski, Warren Carter, Anita Monro, Carlos Olivares, Tat-siong Benny Liew, Barbara E. Reid, Kathleen P. Rushton, Norman Habel, Anne Pattel-Gray, James E. Harding, Emily Colgan, Alan H. Cadwallader, Anne Elvey, Robert J. Myles, Elizabeth Dowling, Veronica Lawson, Caroline Blyth, Nāsili Vaka’uta, Vaitusi Nofoaiga, Kathleen McPhillips. Cover artwork: Glenn Loughrey

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