The Bible and Art, Perspectives in Oceania

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Caroline Blyth, Nasili Vaka'uta
The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, Scriptural Traces
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , February
     288 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Amanda Dillon forthcoming.


This book is also being reviewed in JAAR by Robert Welsch.

This volume takes readers on a fascinating journey through the visual arts of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, contemplating the multivocal dialogues that occur between these artistic media and the texts and traditions of the Bible. With their distinctively antipodean perspectives, contributors explore the innovative ways that both creators and beholders of Oceanic arts draw upon their contexts and cultures in order to open up creative engagements with the stories, themes and theologies of the biblical traditions. 

Various motifs weave their way throughout the volume, including antipodean landscapes and ecology, (post)colonialism, philosophy, Oceanic spiritualities and the often contested engagements between western and indigenous cultures. Within this weaving process, each essay invites readers to contemplate these various forms of visual culture through Oceanic eyes, and to appreciate the fresh insights that this process can bring to reading and interpreting the biblical traditions. The result is a rich and interdisciplinary array of conversations that will capture the attention of readers within the fields of biblical reception studies, cultural studies, theology and art history.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Caroline Blyth is lecturer in theology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She specialises in work on the bible and gender.

Nasili Vaka'uta is the principal of Trinity Theological College, Auckland, and Ranston Lecturer in Biblical Studies, New Zealand.

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