In this introductory chapter, the editors outline the rationale behind the volume and the importance of maintaining scholarly conversations around gender violence, rape culture, and religion within the wider biblical studies academy. They discuss the role of the Bible in the perpetuation of gender violence and rape culture, stressing the ethical responsibility of biblical scholars to engage critically with biblical “texts of terror.” Detailing the contents of each chapter, they outline the authors’ critical and creative engagements with the subjects of gender violence, rape culture, and the Bible, and the significance of such engagements for sustaining future conversations around this crucial topic.
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