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    Magnificat, Invasion, Reception, and the Call to Listen
    (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2024-03) Elvey, Anne; Storie, Deborah; Deutschmann, Barbara; Eastwood, Michelle
    In a context of ongoing colonial invasion of First Nations Country in Australia, how can settler scholars respectfully read biblical texts that arrived as material artefacts of colonisation? This chapter arises from my published research in Reading the Magnificat in Australia: Unsettling Engagements. Considering the arrival of the Magnificat on Bunurong/Boon Wurrung Country and some of its uses on Ballardong Country and drawing on instances of the use of the Magnificat in settler Australian writing and art, the chapter considers the Magnificat as Mary's song through three lenses: Mary's journey, her self-description as enslaved woman, and the function of the reversals. The chapter offers a response in poetry, then argues that in the context of colonial invasion, the Magnificat arriving with the colonisers nevertheless points away from itself, challenging readers, speakers and singers of its words to listen attentively and deeply to First Nations women.
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    The beauty of the body and the ascension: A reclamation and subversion of physical beauty.
    (2024-03-08) Cerbus, Laura
    In the last century, beauty has not often found itself enlisted in struggles for justice. As Alexander Nehemas recounts, beauty's severance from goodness and truth in the modern period renders beauty dangerous, its charm easily wielded as an instrument of oppression in the hands of the powerful. While some scholars have argued for a return to the pre-modern metaphysics that binds beauty to truth and goodness, the abuse of beauty is not simply a modern phenomenon, and its resistance requires more than a pre-modern solution. Beauty is eschatological; thus its abuse points to a failure to order it properly to its eschatological end. This article will argue that the abuse of beauty can be resisted not by spiritualising beauty, but by ordering physical beauty to its eschatological end. This end is most clearly seen in the ascended Christ, with his beautiful body that is human, wounded and hidden.
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    Thinking the Divine Animal? A Braided Reading of Luke 2.7
    (Sheffield Pheonix Press, 2024-03) Elvey, Anne; Blyth, Caroline; Colgan, Emily; Myles, Robert
    This chapter begins with a consideration of the concept of habitat, developed by Elaine Wainwright and applicable to biblical interpretation in an ecological hermeneutic mode. The chapter focuses on a particular material habitat, the site of the birth of the Lukan Jesus, famously a space shared with other animal kind, and for which the manger is itself a trope for more-than-human coexistence, inhabitation and sustenance. Practising a kind of braided reading, the chapter looks at examples of contemporary Australian Christmas kitsch, writing for children, and poetry, that each place other animals not only at, but in, the manger. The chapter closes with a question of how other animals might speak back to the text from their position as sacrificial and sacrificed to human needs and desires.
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    Dangerous Bodies and Scandalous Touch: Reading Gospel Impurity Stories in the Time of Pandemic
    (Pickwick Publications, 2024-03) Ermakov, Arseny; Khobnya, Svetlana; Brower Latz, Deirdre; Rae, Peter; Wi, MiJa; Ermakov, Arseny
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    The Holy People of God: Identity, Contexts, Challenges
    (Pickwick Publications, 2024-03) Ermakov, Arseny; Khobnya, Svetlana; Brower Latz, Deirdre; Rae, Peter; Wi, MiJa; Ermakov, Arseny
    This collection of essays addresses aspects of Christian identity formation as God's holy people in a global context in the midst of various challenges. The contributors offer interdisciplinary explorations on what it means to live as God's holy people in different settings and consider challenging questions from biblical, historical, theological, missiological, and pastoral perspectives.