Relevant publications by members of the CSBV.
Helen Paynter and Michael Spalione (eds) The Bible on violence: a thick description. (Sheffield Phoenix, 2020).
Telling Terror in Judges 19: Rape and Reparation for the Levite’s wife . (Routledge, 2020)
The Strange World of Elijah and Elisha. Grove (2019)
The Gadarene swine and the conquest of Jericho: an intertextual reading. Pacific Journal of Theological Research, 2019 vol. 14(2): 13-17.
Dead and Buried: Attending to the voice of the victim in the Old Testament and today: Towards an ethical reading of the Old Testament texts of violence. Oxford: Regents Park College, Whitley Publications, 2018
‘Revenge for my Two Eyes’: Talion and Mimesis in the Samson narrative. Biblical Interpretation, 2018 vol. 26: 133-157.
‘Make yourself at home’: Tensions and Paradoxes of hospitality in dialogue with the Bible. Bible and Critical Theory, 2018 vol 14(1):42-61.
‘Hope, Despair and the Prophetic Imagination’ in J. Andrews (ed) The Church in Disorientating Times – Leading Prophetically Through Adversity: Proceedings of the Middle East Consultation 2017 Carlisle: Langham (2018).
Immigration and the Church: Reflecting faithfully in our generation. Cambridge: Grove books, 2017
Ahab: Heedless Father, Sullen Son: Humour and Intertextuality in 1 Kings 21. JSOT 2017 vol. 41(4): 451-474.
Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and their Functions in the Book of Kings Leiden: Brill, 2016
2017: ‘Wright, Wrong and Wrath; Apocalypse in Paul and Girard’, in Michael Kirwan and Sheelah T. Hidden, Mimesis and Atonement; René Girard and the Doctrine of Salvation, London: Bloomsbury
2016: ‘Hope: Prophetic Vision and the Lie of the Land’, in Paul Cloke and Mike Pears (editors), Mission in Marginal Places; The Theory, Milton Keynes: Paternoster
2011: ‘A Kinder, Gentler Apocalypse? René Girard, the Book of Revelation and the “Bottomless Abyss of the Unforgettable Victim”’, in Michael Hardin (editor), Compassionate Eschatology, Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock
2009: God, Order and Chaos; René Girard and the Apocalypse, Milton Keynes: Paternoster
2004: ‘Violence and Covetousness’ in Clarke, A. (editor), Expecting Justice, but Seeing Bloodshed; Some Baptist Contributions to Following Jesus in a Violent World, Oxford: Whitley
2000: Violence, the Bible and the End of the World, Oxford: Whitley
1998: ‘The Gospel and the Wrath of God in Romans 1’ in Rowland, C. and Fletcher-Louis, C., (editors), Understanding, Studying and Reading; New Testament Essays in Honour of John Ashton, Sheffield
No Condemnation? The Old Testament’s Puzzling Treatment of Persian Violence in Helen Paynter and Michael Spalione (eds), The Bible on Violence, A Thick Description (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2020): 157-167.
‘Weighed and Found Wanting’: The Old Testament’s Sage Consideration of Empire (due for publication by Wipf and Stock September 2021)
“Old Testament and Empire” in Soma: An International Journal of Discourses and Counter-Discourses
“A Cautionary Tale: The Acts Consequence Construct” in Journal For The Study of the Old Testament, March 2011
“People, Power, and Place: Ecclesiology and the Ethics of Land.” Canadian-AmericanTheological Review 8.2 (2019): 1-18
“‘I Will Hear Their Cry’: on Land and the Pilgrim Church.” Helen Paynter and Michael Spalione (eds), The Bible on Violence, A Thick Description (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2020), 217-237.
“Cut & Splice: Reading Judges 19 Cinematically.” Biblical Interpretation 1, no. aop (2020): 1-25.
“Alternate Eyes: Perspective Shifting in the Samson Narrative and Black Mirror,” in Black Mirror and Theology. Edited by Amber Bowen and John Anthony Dunne. Theology and Popular Culture Series; Minneapolis: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic. Forthcoming.
“Taking the Absurdity Seriously: Questioning the Complicity of YHWH in Judges 20-21,” in Hermeneutics of Violence. Edited by Helen Paynter and Trevor Laurence. Sheffield Phoenix Press. Forthcoming
“Once Upon a Time in Persia: The Ethics of Violence in the Book of Esther and Quentin Tarantino’sOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in In the Cross-hairs: Bible and Violence. Edited by Helen Paynter and Michael Spalione. Sheffield Phoenix Press. Forthcoming.
From Ecumenism to Community Relations: Inter-Church Relations in Northern Ireland 1980-2005, (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2007)
Editor: Building Peace in Northern Ireland, (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011)
‘The Politics of Dissent: Catholic Public Theology in Northern Ireland’, Modern Believing, vol. 61, no. 2 (2020), pp. 127-140
‘Are Popes Leaving Behind Just War and Embracing Just Peace?’, Peace Review, vol. 31, no. 2 (2019), pp. 238-246 with Christopher Hrynkow
‘Alternative Possible Futures: Unearthing a Catholic Public Theology for Northern Ireland’ in Christopher Baker and Elaine Graham (eds.), Theology for Changing Times: John Atherton and the Future of Public Theology, (London: SCM Press, 2018), pp. 158-174
‘A Serious Moral Question to be Properly Understood: The Catholic Church and Human Rights’ in Timothy White (ed.), Northern Ireland and International Relations, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017), pp. 131-143
An Introduction to Religious Language: Exploring Theolinguistics in Contemporary Contexts. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
Hobbs, V. (2018). Disability, the ‘good family’and discrimination in the dismissal of a Presbyterian seminary professor. Journal of Language and Discrimination, 2(2), 133-161.
Hobbs, V. (2020). The discourse of divorce in conservative Christian sermons. Critical Discourse Studies, 17(2), 193-210.
Hobbs, V. (2018). Rape culture in sermons on divorce. In Rape culture, gender violence, and religion (pp. 87-110). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.