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Dr. Richard G. Walsh

Co-Director, Honors Program
Professor of Religion

Office: T-200
Phone: (910) 630-7077
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Mailing Address:

Methodist University
Department of Philosophy & Religion
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311


Education

  • Ph.D. - Baylor University
  • M.Div. - Southwestern Theological Seminary
  • B.A. - Baylor University

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

  • Biblical studies
  • Religion and film
  • 20th century Great Books

Research Interests

  • Criticism of the gospels
  • Theory in biblical interpretation
  • Postmodernism in biblical interpretation
  • Reception history of the bible
  • Myth
  • Religion (and bible) and film

Hobbies

  • Grandchildren
  • Tennis
  • Reading
  • Movies

Publications

Books

Son of Man. Edited with Adele Reinhartz and Jeff Staley. Sheffield Phoenix. Forthcoming 2013.

Three Versions of Judas. London: Equinox, 2010.

Jesus, the Gospels, and Cinematic Imagination: A Handbook. With Jeff Staley. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.

Finding St. Paul in Film. Harrisburg, PA.: T & T Clark International, 2005.

Those Outside: Noncanonical Readings of Canonical Gospels. Edited with George Aichele, Harrisburg, PA.: T & T Clark International, 2005.

Reading the Gospels in the Dark: Portrayals of Jesus in Film. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2003.

Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between the Bible and Film. Edited with George Aichele. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2002.

Mapping Myths of Biblical Interpretation. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press, 2001.

Reading the Bible: An Introduction. Notre Dame: Cross Cultural Publications, 1997.


Articles and Book Chapters

"Mary and the Mothers," with Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh, in Richard Walsh, Adele Reinhartz, and Jeffrey Staley, eds. Son of Man (Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming).

"A Beautiful Corpse: Fiction and Hagiography in Son of Man," in Richard Walsh, Adele Reinhartz, and Jeffrey Staley, eds. Son of Man (Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming).

"A Visual Appeal for Christ-Figure Interpretations," Journal of Religion and Film (submitted).

"Revelations of the Dream," with George Aichele and Tina Pippin, The Bible and Critical Theory (forthcoming 2013).

"(Carrying the Fire on) No Road for Old Horses: Cormac McCarthy's Untold Biblical Stories," The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (forthcoming, Fall 2012).

"Crimes and Misdemeanors," in Adele Reinhartz, ed. Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films, (London: Routledge, 2013), 74-78.

"Monty Python's Life of Brian," in Adele Reinhartz, ed. Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films, (London: Routledge, 2013), 187-92.

"The Zealots in the Jesus Film Tradition," In Reinhold Zwick, ed., Religion und Gewalt im Bibelfilm, Film und Theologie 20 (Marburg: Schüren, 2012), 99-126.

"Epic, Film," in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

"Metamorphosis, Transfiguration, and the Body." With George Aichele. Biblical Interpretation 19.3 (2011): 253-75.

"The Christians Kill Jesus Again: Spectacle, Drama, and Politics at Oberammergau." The Bible and Critical Theory 7.1 (2011): 42-50.

"The Horror, the Horror: What Kind of (Horror) Movie is the Apocalypse?" The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 22.3 (Fall 2010).

"Sanctifying Empire: Or the (Hopeful?) Paradox of Apocalysia." In John Walliss and Lee Quinby, eds., Reel Revelations: Apocalypse and Film, Apocalypse and Popular Culture Series 1 (Sheffield Phoenix, 2010).

"Imagine There's No Heaven Canon." The Bible and Critical Theory. 6.3 (2010) (Monash University EPress).

"The Hollywood Gospel and its Scholars: Lessons from Stigmata." Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 4.1 (2008, published 2010): 93-109.

"Passover Plots: From Modern Fictions to Mark and Back Again." Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 3.2-3 (August-November 2007; published Feb. 2010): 201-22.

"'Realizing' Paul's Visions: The New Testament, Caravaggio, and Paxton's Frailty." Biblical Interpretation 18.1 (2010): 28-51.

"Bible Movies." In William L. Blizek, ed. The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film (London/New York: Continuum, 2009). Reprinted as The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film (2013).

"An Elephant in the Room: Historical Critical and Postmodern Interpretations of the Bible." With George Aichele and Peter Miscall. The Journal of Biblical Literature 128.2 (Summer 2009): 399-419.

"The Passion as Horror Show: St. Mel of the Cross," The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 20 (Fall 2008).

"Barabbas: The Cross that Damns." In David Shepherd, ed. Images of the Word: Hollywood's Bible and Beyond. Semeia Studies 54 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008), pp. 113-29.

"Gospel Judases: Interpreters at Play in Mythic Fields." Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 2.1 (April 2006): 29-46.

"The Gospel According to Judas: Myth and Parable." Biblical Interpretation. 14.1-2 (2006): 37-53.

"Preface: Interpretative Thieves." With George Aichele. In Those Outside.

"Three Versions of Judas Jesus." In Those Outside.

"Gospels or Gospels?"; "The Gospel Tradition and the Making of Messiahs"; and "Saint Paul?" In John Smith and Mark Roncace. Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Scholars Press, 2005.

"Wrestling with The Passion of the Christ: At the Movies with Roland Barthes and Mel Gibson." The Bible and Critical Theory 1.2 (2005). Monash University EPress. Available online at http://publications.epress.monash.edu/doi/full/10.2104/bc050002.

"The Suicide Note of Judas and James' Response." In Philip R. Davies, ed. Yours Faithfully: Virtual Letters from the Bible. Equinox Publishing, 2004.

"Introduction: Scripture as Precursor." With George Aichele. In Screening Scripture, vii-xvi.

"On Finding a Non-American Revelation: End of Days and the Book of Revelation." In Screening Scripture, 1-23.

"Recent Fictional Portrayals of God or Disney, Shirley MacLaine, and Hamlet." In Athalya Brenner and George Aichele, eds. Culture, Entertainment and the Bible. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press, 2000.

"Reading 'Letter From Birmingham Jail' as a New Testament Letter," Proteus 15 (Spring 1998): 20-22.

"Ancient Biblical Worlds and Recent Magical Realism: Affirming and Denying Reality." In George Aichele and Tina Pippen, eds. The Monstrous and the Unspeakable. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press, 1997.

"Reconstructing the NT Church(es): The Place of Acts." In Naymond H. Keathley, ed. With Steadfast Purpose: Essays on Acts in Honor of Henry Jackson Flanders, Jr. Waco: Baylor University Press, 1990.

"Tragic Dimensions in Mark," Biblical Theology Bulletin 19 (July 1989).


Reviews

"Philip Culbertson and Elaine M. Wainwright, eds., The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter." Biblical Interpretation. 20 (Forthcoming 2012).

"Anthony C. Swindell, Reworking the Bible: The Literary Reception of Fourteen Biblical Stories." The Bible and Critical Theory. Forthcoming.

"John F. A. Sawyer, ed. The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture." The Bible and Critical Theory. 8.1 (2012).

"Andrew Wilson, Transfigured: A Derridean Rereading of the Markan Transfiguration." Biblical Interpretation 19. 4-5 (2011):523-34.

"Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan and Tina Pippin, eds., Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children." The Bible and Critical Theory. 7.1 (2011).

"Christopher Partridge and Eric Christianson, eds. The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture." The Bible and Critical Theory. 7.1 (2011).

"Étienne Nodet, O.P. The Historical Jesus: Necessity and Limits of an Inquiry." The Bible and Critical Theory. 6.3 (2010) (Monash University EPress).

"Christine E. Joynes, ed. Perspectives on the Passion: Encountering the Bible through the Arts." The Bible and Critical Theory. 6.2 (2010) (Monash University EPress).

"Burton L. Mack. Myth and the Christian Nation: A Social Theory of Religion." The Bible and Critical Theory. 6.2 (2010) (Monash University EPress).

"Paul C. Burns, ed. Jesus in Twentieth Century Literature, Art, and Movies." Review of Biblical Literature (Published 1-24-09).

"William Arnal. The Symbolic Jesus: Historical Scholarship, Judaism and the Construction of Contemporary Identity." The Bible and Critical Theory. 4.3 (2008) (Monash University EPress).

"Ward Blanton. Displacing Christian Origins: Philosophy, Secularity, and the New Testament." The Bible and Critical Theory 4.2 (2008) (Monash University EPress).

"James G. Crossley. Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins (26-50 CE)." The Bible and Critical Theory 4.1 (2008) (Monash University EPress).

"Terry R. Wright. The Genesis of Fiction." The Bible and Critical Theory. 3.3 (2007) (Monash University EPress).

"Adele Reinhartz. Jesus of Hollywood." Christian Century (June 26, 2007), pp. 40-41.

"Kim Paffenroth. Gospel of the Living Dead." The Bible and Critical Theory. 3.2 (2007) (Monash University EPress).

"Jane Schaberg. The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene." The Bible and Critical Theory 2.1 (2006) (Monash University EPress).

"Tod Linafelt. A Shadow of Glory: Reading the New Testament after the Holocaust." The Bible and Critical Theory 1.4 (2005) (Monash University EPress).

"Alice Bach. Religion, Politics, Media in the Broadband Era." The Bible and Critical Theory 1.3 (2005) (Monash University EPress).

"Richard A. Horsley. Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder." The Bible and Critical Theory 1.3 (2005) (Monash University EPress).

"Erin Runion. How Hysterical: Identification and Resistance in Bible and Film." The Bible and Critical Theory 1.1 (2004) (Monash University EPress).

 

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