Recent Submissions

  • Matrices of motherhood in judges 5 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (SAGE, 2019-05-07)
    In Judges 5, patterns of motherhood weave throughout the poem, forming an intrinsic component of the fabric of the text. In pursuing these threads, I focus on the construction of Deborah as ‘mother in Israel’, both through ...
  • Preface -- Discovering Babylon 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    This volume presents Babylon as it has been passed down through Western culture: through the Bible, classical texts, in Medieval travel accounts, and through depictions of the Tower motif in art. It then details the discovery ...
  • Chapter 1 -- Beginning discovery 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    After lying buried in the ground for over 2000 years, the remains of ancient Babylon were excavated around 100 years ago. Yet, even after its discovery the city remains enveloped in a web of myth, and occupies a unique ...
  • Chapter 5 -- The discovery of Mesopotamia 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    The 19th century’s archaeological discovery of Mesopotamia took place in the context of Enlightenment ideals, European nationalism, and the race to colonize both new lands and their ancient pasts. Assyria was the first ...
  • Chapter 9 -- Back to the future 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    The final chapter assesses the impact of the encounter between the received Babylon and the excavated Babylon on our knowledge and understanding of Babylon. The discussion leads into a reflection on the significance of ...
  • Chapter 7 -- Babel and Bible 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    History writing also has its own history—historiography—and two of the debates that followed in the wake of new knowledge about ancient Babylon were that concerning the discovery of Mesopotamian creation myths (particularly ...
  • Chapter 8 -- Babylon's resurrection 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    The archaeological remains from Babylon were transported to Berlin and displayed in a monumental exhibit there. In describing the process of building the exhibit, the chapter touches on the responsibilities of archaeological ...
  • Chapter 6 -- From the sources of Babylon 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    The newly excavated archaeological remains and texts made it possible to assemble a sketch of Babylonian history and society based on its own sources. Babylon was a political power for over 2000 years, and we can now tell ...
  • Chapter 2 -- Biblical Babylon 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    The biblical texts about the Tower of Babel, the Babylonian kingdom, and Nebuchadnezzar have shaped our images of Babylon for over 2000 years. The prophets’ devastating speeches and the trauma of the Exile to Babylon may ...
  • Chapter 3 -- European visions of Babylon 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    Depictions of the Tower of Babel open a window on how custodians of the biblical heritage visualized Babylon, in cathedral art and manuscript illustrations. Through hundreds of years of Western culture, Babylon lived on ...
  • Chapter 4 -- Ad fontes? Babylon of the Greeks 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    With the Renaissance discovery of the accounts of ancient authors such as Herodotus came descriptions of the physical landscape of ancient Mesopotamia. Ancient Greek texts expanded knowledge about Babylon, but time proved ...
  • Discovering Babylon 

    Thelle, Rannfrid I. (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
    This volume presents Babylon as it has been passed down through Western culture: through the Bible, classical texts, in Medieval travel accounts, and through depictions of the Tower motif in art. It then details the discovery ...
  • Jonah's complexes and our own: psychology and the interpretation of the Book of Jonah 

    Lasine, Stuart (SAGE Publications Ltd., 2016-12-01)
    This article employs attribution theory to investigate why readers have made such widely varying judgments concerning the character Jonah. This branch of social psychology examines the ways in which we go about judging ...
  • The lectionary as a guide to thinking about poverty 

    Bergen, Wesley J. (SAGE Publications, 2014-01)
    If a church uses a lectionary as its guide for worship and preaching, how likely is it to address the problem of poverty? If it does address this question, toward what answers does the lectionary guide the preacher? Using ...