Amy Cottrill – Uncovering Violence in Biblical Stories

Episode: What happens to us as we read violent stories in the Bible? How do violent stories form us ethically? Amy Cottrill discusses everything from overly violent stories, to places where violence is “around the corner,” about to emerge, to understand the complex moral reality of biblical stories. We discuss moral injury, violence against women, the tiresome performance of masculinity, immigration, and much more related to her recent book, Uncovering Violence: Reading Biblical Narratives as an Ethical Project (WJK). 

Guest: Dr. Amy C. Cottrill is Denson N. Franklin Professor of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College. Her research focuses on Psalms, biblical representations of pain, suffering, and violence, and the ethics of biblical interpretation. She’s the author of Language, Power, and Identity in the Lament Psalms of the Individual (T&T Clark) and Uncovering Violence: Reading Biblical Narratives as an Ethical Project (WJK).

Mentioned in this episode: Carol Newsom’s article, “Bakhtin, the Bible, and Dialogic Truth“, Jacqueline Lapsley’s book, Whispering the Word: Hearing Women’s Stories in the Old Testament (WJK), Rob Nixon’s book, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard).

If you enjoyed this episode … Listen to our interview with Caryn Reeder about her book on family violence and the Bible.

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