Guest issue: Performance Criticism and Scripture

Although aspects of performance and performativity have been of interest to biblical scholars since the early 20th century, Biblical Performance Criticism have become a major endeavour, seeking to understand the performance of biblical traditions in the oral cultures of the early church, including aspects such as the performer, audience, context, and text. Building on the “Performative Turn” in the humanities and social sciences, Biblical Performance Criticism represents a paradigmatic shift drawing together a wide array of disciplines into conceptualising human practices in their contexts in ways that do not problematise historical representation.

For this special guest issue, scholars are invited to contribute research articles that, instead of focusing solely on given symbolic structures and texts, investigate the active, social construction of experienced communication relating to biblical texts as well as the ways that behaviour are determined by such communicative contexts.