JIBS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to publishing cutting edge articles that embody interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented, feminist, queer, and innovative biblical scholarship. We welcome submissions that challenge canonical and/or disciplinary norms and boundaries or that query the field of biblical studies’ relationship to the broader investigation of human religion, culture, and literature. JIBS will publish two issues a year in summer and in winter.
Volume 2, Issue 1
Autumn 2020 —Activism in the Biblical Studies Classroom: Global Perspectives
Guest Editor: Johanna Stiebert
With special thanks to Shayna Sheinfeld, interim Editor in Chief
Johanna Stiebert, “Introduction: Activism in the Biblical Studies Classroom,” 1-12.
Musa W. Dube, “On Becoming a Change Agent: Journeys of Teaching Gender and Health in an African Crisis Context,” 13-28.
KEYWORDS: Botswana; Change Agent; HIV and AIDS; Gugu Dlamini; Mmutle
Rhiannon Graybill, “Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible: Teaching for Social Justice,” 29-49
KEYWORDS: Pedagogy; Queer; Hospitality; Killjoy
Darla Schumm & Jennifer L. Koosed, “Armies of Misfits: Mobility Disabilities and Activism in the Biblical Studies Classroom,” 50-65.
KEYWORDS: Disability; Activism; Misfitting; 2 Samuel 5: 6–8; Mark 2: 1–12; Feminist Disability Theory
R. B. Hamon, “Teaching Environmental Activism and Ecological Hermeneutics,” 66-80
KEYWORDS: Environmental Activism; Ecological hermeneutics; Environmental humanities; Pedagogy
Sarah Rollens, Eric Vanden Eykel, and Meredith J. C. Warren, “Confronting Judeophobia in the Classroom,” 81-106
KEYWORDS: Judeophobia; Anti-Semitism; Pittsburgh; Synagogue
Chris Greenough, “Activism in the Queer Biblical Studies Classroom,” 107-126.
KEYWORDS: Activism; Queer theory; Flipped learning; Methodsplaining; Risk
Robyn Ashworth-Steen & Deborah Kahn-Harris, “‘If not with others, how?’: Creating Rabbinic Activists Through Study,” 127-149.
KEYWORDS: Activism; Feminism; Education; Megillot; Seminary
Jayme R. Reaves, “Reading the Whole Bible with Integrity: Identifying Context, Identity, Community, and Antisemitism in Christian Hermeneutical Practices,” 150-178.
KEYWORDS: Hebrew Bible; Antisemitism; New Testament; Hermeneutics; Critical Pedagogy; Reader-Response Criticism
Gerald O. West & Sithembiso Zwane, “Re-reading 1 Kings 21:1-16 Between Community-based Activism and University-based Pedagogy,” 179-207.
KEYWORDS: Contextual Bible Study; 1 Kings 21; Land; Gender; Unemployment
Tina Shepardson, “Embodied Readers: Teaching about the Earliest Christians in Rural Protestant America,” 208-223.
KEYWORDS: New Testament; Appalachia; Bible belt; Social Justice
David Tombs, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Seeing the Stripping of Jesus as Sexual Violence,” 224-247.
KEYWORDS: Jesus; Sexual Abuse; Crucifixion; Francisco Goya; Susan Sontag
Sarah Nicholson & Zanne Domoney-Lyttle, “Activism in the Classroom: A Case Study on De-Patriarchalising Biblical Studies for Future Generations,” 248-265.
KEYWORDS: Feminism; Bible; Language; Community; Disruptive Activism
Volume 1 Issue 1
Meredith J C Warren, “Editorial Preface,” 1-5.
Caroline Blyth, “Bringing the Apostle Down to Earth: Emily Dickinson Wrestles with Paul,” 6-25.KEYWORDS: Emily Dickinson, Paul, literary criticism
Chris Greenough, “‘Queer Eye’ in Theology and Biblical Studies: ‘Do you have to be queer to do this?‘” 26-41.KEYWORDS: heterosexuality, queer, theology, biblical studies, straight, identity
Matthew R. Anderson, “‘Aware-Settler’ Biblical Studies: Breaking Claims of Textual Ownership,” 42-68.KEYWORDS: aware-Settler, Indigenous, Settler, hermeneutics, biblical scholarship
A. K. M. Adam, “Sensuous Hermeneutics,” 69-94.KEYWORDS: hermeneutics, interpretation, visual exegesis, information design, comics theory, Magritte, Tansey, differential hermeneutics
Anna Cwikla, “There’s Nothing about Mary: The Insignificance of Mary in the Gospel of Thomas 114,” 95-112.KEYWORDS: Gospel of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Eve Sedgwick, feminist criticism
Katie Edwards, “Rape Myths and Gospels Truths: The Bible and Rape Culture,” PAGES.KEYWORDS: