Update on the Bible & Violence Project

The Bible and Violence Project is up and running!

We now have over 120 contributors signed up. Many of them are busy forming and working together in writing groups; others are receiving or providing mentoring. If you are a contributor and find yourself in need of support or motivation, please be in touch if we can help.

The publication emerging from this project aims to be the most comprehensive and inclusive on the topic of the Bible and violence to date. Alongside chapters on every text of the Hebrew Bible and Christian Greek Bible, there will also be chapters on the Bible and…:

Its role and impact in diverse geographical settings

Incel cultures and the manosphere

The ethics of citing violent scholars


Liberative readings in violent settings

Environmental violence



Intimate partner violence


Gender-based violence

Rape and rape culture

Violence aimed at children, at animals, and at the deceased

Violence in the family

Divine violence


Antisemitism, as well as Islamophobia



Crime fiction

Abortion activism



Fat shaming…

… and that is not all. Alongside yet more exciting topics, there will also be some chapters on select rabbinical texts and Dead Sea Scrolls, gnostic and deuterocanonical texts.

We have already received contributions ahead of the first deadline of 2 October 2023 by Katherine SouthwoodSébastien DoaneAlison JackBarbara Thiede and Alexiana Fry, with more in the pipeline.

Two of the editors – Chris and Johanna – recently visited Manchester to present at the United Reformed Church research conference on both The Shiloh Project and Bible and Violence Project. While there, we enjoyed hearing Megan Warner’s paper on her topic for the project. 

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Announcing the Launch of Our Informal Mentoring Scheme

The Shiloh Project in Collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (CSBV) has now launched its informal mentoring scheme for postgraduates and early career researchers working on violent and distressing topics in the area of religion/the Bible.

Postgraduate and early career research can be lonely and stressful. Sadly, the academy is not always a friendly or supportive space. Research on topics of violence is often particularly emotionally difficult. With such challenges in mind, we are offering an informal mentoring scheme.

The mentoring scheme exists to offer encouragement and support to emerging scholars working on subjects of violence in the discipline of religious and/or biblical studies. It aims to pair up more experienced scholars with emerging scholars for informal and flexible mentoring.

Teaming up with CSBV, we have secured the involvement of a number of more experienced scholars willing to offer informal mentoring in this way. We welcome offers from other scholars beyond our networks who would be willing to help mentor through this informal scheme.

Some notes about the scope and limitations of what we are offering:

  • Mentoring may be one-off, or more ongoing, may take place virtually, or in person, and will be with the expectation that meetings will take place and resume by mutual agreement
  • Either party will be free to terminate the relationship at any point
  • There is no expectation that the mentor will read or review written work, or provide technical input into the mentee’s work
  • The mentor relationship will in no way supplement or overlap with doctoral supervision
  • The mentor will not offer counselling
  • The mentee is not expected to and shall not repay the mentor in kind or in any other way, at any point 

Mentors and mentees who choose to participate in the scheme will be understood to have agreed to these guidelines.

If you are interested in our scheme please contact Helen Paynter (who directs CSBV) [email protected] and/or Johanna Stiebert (who co-directs the Shiloh Project) [email protected]

We have already heard from some individuals, and we are looking forward to hearing from more. Let’s do more to help one another.

Please help us spread the word.

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