The cultural reception of the Bible

Explorations in theology, literature and the arts

Salvador Ryan & Liam M. Tracey OSM, editors

Hardback €45.00
Catalogue Price: €50.00
ISBN: 978-1-84682-725-9
November 2018. 320pp; colour ills.

'This book is an exciting ... feast for both the specialist as well as the general reader. The book reflects the broad culture and scintillating personality of the one being honoured, Brendan McConvery CSsR ... The sheer breadth of the book is a joy', Henry O'Shea, The Furrow (March 2019).

'This then is an important book, but the sheer variety means that readers will be tempted to pick out themes that interest them immediately. But once the book is in hand they will find themselves being tempted into other areas with which they are less familiar ... This is certainly a book which every institutional library should have, and which most scholars will wish to consult and, indeed, to own', Peter Costello, Irish Catholic (July 2019).

'This wide ranging and elegant tome has been edited by Salvador Ryan and Liam M. Tracey as a fitting tribute to the long and highly distinguished academic career of Fr Brendan McConvery CSsR ... The book will provide something for every reader according to their inclination, stamina and interest ... There is much material of interest in the section of essays relating to literature and the arts ... The appreciations stand out as brief and heartfelt epiphanies on the life and work of Fr McConvery ... This book is a very worthy addition to any theological library and assembles in one place a huge range of erudition, insight and scholarly expertise. The breadth of the collection is as fitting a tribute as any one might imagine to the breadth and the catholicity of the man it means to celebrate. The affection in which he is held is clear in every page', Revd Dr Alan McCormack, SEARCH, vol.42.3, (Autumn, 2019).

“The Cultural Reception of the Bible, edited by Salvador Ryan and Liam M. Tracey offers a richly textured understanding of biblical reception befitting the wide interests of the honorand. Thirty-four contributions, preceded by the editors’ introduction, reflect this diversity. Though many contributors are Irish, including a good number of former colleagues and students from Maynooth, it is the wide scholarly interests of the Irish McConvery, rather than reception in Ireland or by Irish readers specifically, which gives the volume its coherence ... There is little with which to quibble in this fine volume.” Ian Boxall, Irish Theological Quarterly 86 (1)