Children and Methods

Listening To and Learning From Children in the Biblical World


In Children and Methods: Listening To and Learning From Children in the Biblical World, Kristine Henriksen Garroway and John W. Martens bring together an interdisciplinary collection of essays addressing children in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and broader ancient world. While the study of children has been on the rise in a number of fields, the methodologies by which we listen to and learn from children in ancient Judaism and Christianity have not been critically examined.

This collection of essays proposes that while the various lenses of established methods of higher criticism offer insight into the lives of children, by filtering these methods through the new field of Childist Criticism, children can be heard and seen in a new light.

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Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Ph.D. (2009), Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, is Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Los Angeles campus of HUC. She has published books and articles on children in the biblical world including Growing Up in Ancient Israel (SBL, 2018).
John W. Martens, Ph.D. (1991), McMaster University, is Professor of Theology at University of St. Thomas. He has published books and articles on children in early Christianity including, with Cornelia Horn, "Let the Little Children Come to Me": Childhood and Children in Early Christianity (CUA, 2009).
"With its presentation of various methodologies, the volume provides an introduction to the field of biblical childhood studies. It is valuable for scholars who are not yet acquainted with the field, but also for established scholars who wish to expand their methodological repertoire." - Albertina Oegema, Protestant Theological University, in NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion Vol. 76, no. 1, 2022.
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Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction: the Study of Children in the Bible: New Questions or a New Method?
Kristine Henriksen Garroway and John W. Martens

part 1: Connections in the Field

2 Feminist Studies as the Mother of Childist Approaches to the Bible
Kathleen Gallagher Elkins

3 Why Hebrew Bible Masculinity Studies and Childhood Studies Have Not Connected, and Why They Should
Stephen M. Wilson

part 2: Archaeology and the Ancient Near East

4 Childist Archaeology: Children, Toys, and Skill Transmission in Ancient Israel
Kristine Henriksen Garroway

5 Children Should Be Seen: Studying Children in Assyrian Iconography
Jason Anthony Riley

6 Broadening Our Perspective of Ancient Children: Historical-Comparative Methods and the Value of Ancient Children
Shawn W. Flynn

part 3: Hebrew Bible and New Testament

7 The Narrative Work of Biblical Children: Soundings from Genesis
Danna Nolan Fewell

8 The Force of yhwh Awakens: Social Scientific Methodologies and Children Who Rise from the Dead
Julie Faith Parker

9 Narrative Criticism and Childist Interpretation: a Study of Mark 7:24–30
Sharon Betsworth

10 Perspectives from Disability Studies in the Pastoral Epistles
Anna Rebecca Solevåg

11 Children in Mark: a Deconstructive Approach
A. James Murphy

12 Conclusions: the Childist Criticism of the Future
Kristine Henriksen Garroway

Index of Key Words
Index of Ancient and Biblical Texts
Index of Authors
Scholars, researchers, graduate students, and upper level undergraduate students from multiple disciplines interested in methodologies and children in the biblical world.
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