In Reading the Bible with Horror, Brandon R. Grafius takes the reader on a whirlwind tour through the dark corners of the Hebrew Bible. Along the way, he stops to place the monstrous Leviathan in conversation with contemporary monster theory, uses Derrida to help explore the ghosts that haunt the biblical landscape, and reads the House of David as a haunted house. Conversations arise between unexpected sources, such as the Pentateuch legal texts dealing with female sexuality and Carrie. Throughout the book, Grafius asks how the Hebrew Bible can be both sacred text and tome of fright, and he explores the numerous ways in which the worlds of religion and horror share uncomfortable spaces.
About the Author
Brandon R. Grafius is assistant professor of biblical studies at Ecumenical Theological Seminary.
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Reading with Horror
Chapter 2: Monsters, Monster Theory, and Us
Chapter 3: Hauntings of the Hebrew Bible
Chapter 4: Haunted Spaces
Chapter 5: “The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House!”: The Monstrous within the Community
Chapter 6: The Monstrous YHWH