Academic Publications


Relevant publications by members of the CSBV.

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Helen PaynterStephen FinamorePeter HattonMichael Spalione
Brandon HurlbertMaria PowerValerie Hobbs

Conference proceedings

Helen Paynter and Michael Spalione (eds) The Bible on violence: a thick description. (Sheffield Phoenix, 2020).


Helen Paynter

The Bible Doesn’t Tell Me So: Why you don’t have to submit to domestic abuse and coercive control. (BRF, 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)

God of violence yesterday, God of love today? Honestly wrestling with the Old Testament. BRF (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

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Stephen Finamore

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

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Peter Hatton

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

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Michael Spalione

“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.

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Brandon Hurlbert

“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.

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Maria Power

Catholic Social Teaching and Theologies of Peace in Northern Ireland: Cardinal Cahal Daly and the Pursuit of the Peaceable Kingdom, (Abingdon: Routledge, 2020)

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 

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Valerie Hobbs

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 professorJournal of Language and Discrimination2(2), 133-161.

Hobbs, V. (2020). The discourse of divorce in conservative Christian sermonsCritical Discourse Studies17(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.

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