Sarah J. Melcher is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Scriptures at Xavier University.Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair of Religion at Baylor University.Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary.
The Bible and Disability: A Commentary offers groundbreaking work in linking two distinct areas of scholarship: biblical studies and disability studies. The authors read the Bible's narratives, oracles, and letters while asking how the categories of 'temporarily abled, ' 'ill, ' 'possessed, ' and others are framed in Scripture. Their overriding question is: what counts for 'normal' human experience in the Bible? Anyone interested in the fields of biblical studies and disability studies will need to engage with this volume.Our society has been slow to acknowledge and take up responsibility for the wellbeing of disabled persons among us. We have been slower still in grasping the urgent theological dimensions of the issue of disability. For these reasons this book is a most welcome one. This impressive roster of contributors breaks new ground in exploring the interface of biblical testimony and the reality of disability and in seeing in the biblical text the inescapable reality of disability. For many readers, this collection of fine essays will constitute a steep learning curve for seeing what we had not seen in the text, and thinking what we had not thought as a result of new seeing. The writers and editors are to be congratulated on this impressive and instructive study.Scholarship that employs a disability studies lens to interpret the Bible is vigorous and increasingly important today. The editors of The Bible and Disability--Sarah Melcher, Mikeal Parsons, and Amos Yong--have themselves been important contributors to recent research on embodiment and disability in Scripture and theology. For this project, they have gathered an impressive team of scholars to join them in probing a wide range of biblical texts from the perspective of disability. This commentary consolidates much of the wisdom on offer in recent disability studies approaches to the Bible. It will offer an especially helpful resource for readers--whether temporarily able-bodied or not--who are not yet familiar with this way of engaging Scripture. This is a welcome addition to my library.