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Reading with Feeling: Affect Theory and the Bible
edited by Fiona C. Black and Jennifer L. Koosed
SBL Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-88414-416-8 | Paper: 978-1-62837-260-1 | eISBN: 978-0-88414-417-5
Library of Congress Classification BS511.3
Dewey Decimal Classification 220.6019


Essays with a methodological and metacritical focus

The psychological approach known as affect theory focuses on bodily feelings—depression, happiness, disgust, love—and can illuminate both texts and their interpretations. In this collection of essays scholars break new ground in biblical interpretation by deploying a range of affect-theoretical approaches in their interpretations of texts. Contributors direct their attention to the political, social, and cultural formation of emotion and other precognitive forces as a corrective to more traditional historical-critical methods and postmodern approaches. The inclusion of response essays results in a rich transdisciplinary dialog, with, for example, history, classics, and philosophy. Fiona C. Black, Amy C. Cottrill, Rhiannon Graybill, Jennifer L. Koosed, Joseph Marchal, Robert Seesengood, Ken Stone, and Jay Twomey engage a range of texts from biblical, to prayers, to graphic novels. Erin Runions and Stephen D. Moore’s responses push the conversation in new fruitful directions.


  • An overview of the development of affect theory and how it has been used to interpret biblical texts

  • Examples of how to apply affect theory to biblical exegesis

  • Interdisciplinary studies that engage history, literature, classics, animal studies, liturgical studies, philosophy, and sociology

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