Early Americans have long been considered "A People of the Book" Because the nickname was coined primarily to invoke close associations between Americans and the Bible, it is easy to overlook the central fact that it was a book-not a geographic location, a monarch, or even a shared language-that has served as a cornerstone in countless investigations into the formation and fragmentation of early American culture. Few books can lay claim to such powers of
civilization-altering influence. Among those which can are sacred books, and for Americans principal among such books stands the Bible.
This Handbook is designed to address a noticeable void in resources focused on analyzing the Bible in America in various historical moments and in relationship to specific institutions and cultural expressions. It takes seriously the fact that the Bible is both a physical object that has exercised considerable totemic power, as well as a text with a powerful intellectual design that has inspired everything from national religious and educational practices to a wide spectrum of artistic
endeavors to our nation's politics and foreign policy.
This Handbook brings together a number of established scholars, as well as younger scholars on the rise, to provide a scholarly overview-rich with bibliographic resources-to those interested in the Bible's role in American cultural formation.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 1378 g
Dimensions: 256 x 180 x 47 mm
This is a useful reference book that will inform. It shows the shifts and turns in relation to the Bible over centuries along with those who sought to defend or to reimage Bible teaching. * Rev E T Kirkland, English Churchman *
Scholars of religion in America, the Bible, American culture, lived religion, or material religion should make room on their shelves for this book. * Lydia Willsky-Ciollo, Reading Religion *
Taken together, these essays offer a useful, informed, multidisciplinary examination of the Bible in the contemporary US...Recommended. * P.L. Redditt, CHOICE *