The Bible and Violence is a whole lot more than a two-part book; it’s a wide-ranging scholarly endeavor that includes creating intellectual community through workshopping, mentoring, training, and research events. Scholars involved are reading each other's works, meeting and talking through their interests and concerns, and learning directly from one another in a host of different settings.
The books themselves will provide an inclusive reference source that treats violence in a wide range of biblical literatures –including not only the Hebrew and Greek Bibles (Hebrew Bible/New Testament), but also the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books and some Dead Sea Scroll and Gnostic texts.
The first volume will focus primarily on textual analysis; the second will analyze how biblical texts have been used in violent ways and violent ends. Over 100 scholars are taking part in this project, writing on everything from gender-based violence and the New Testament to bible, violence, and witchcraft.
Dr. Barbara Thiede’s contributions will be published in both volumes; she is writing on violence in the David story for volume 1 and on the ethics of citing violent scholars for volume 2. You can read more about her work here.