The Bible, Disability, and the Church

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-01
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Atheologian whose life experience includes growing up alongside a brother with Down syndrome, Amos Yong in this book rereads and reinterprets biblical texts about human disability, arguing that the way we read biblical texts, not the Bible itself, is what causes us to marginalize persons with disabilities. Revealing and examining the underlying stigma of disability that exists even in the church, Yong shows how the Bible offers good news to people of all abilities and he challenges churches to become more inclusive communities of faith. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia. His other books include In the Days of Caesar, Theology and Down Syndrome, and Hospitality and the Other.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Disability and the People of God - Whole or Fragmented?p. 1
Growing Up with a Brother with Down Syndromep. 1
Making Theological Sense of a World with Disabilityp. 5
Disability and Our Contemporary Social Contextp. 8
An Overview of This Book: Its Method and Contentsp. 13
Holiness, the Covenant, and Ancient Israel: Exclusion, Inclusion, and Disabilityp. 17
Introductionp. 17
Disability, Holiness, and the Covenant: At the Fount of the Christian Theological Traditionp. 18
Redeeming Disability and Leviticus? Christian Readingsp. 24
Re-reading the Wider Hebrew Bible: Disability Narratives and Other Genresp. 29
Jacob, Israel, and the Limpp. 30
The Davidic Kingdom and Mephiboshethp. 32
Job and the Redemption of Monstrosityp. 35
Disability and Lament? Toward a New (First Testament) Theology of Disabilityp. 40
Summaryp. 46
Study Questionsp. 47
What Hath Dr. Luke and His Colleagues to Say? Jesus, the Early Church, and a (Radical Pentecostal) Theology of Disabilityp. 49
Introductionp. 49
Seeing (through) Dis/Ability: The Case of the Man Born Blind (John 9)p. 50
Disability in the Synoptics: Traditional Understandings, Disability Interrogationsp. 57
Rethinking (Early) Christian Physiognomy: Redeeming Luke-Actsp. 63
Pentecost and a New Theology of Diverse Dis/Abilitiesp. 69
The Miracle of Pentecost: A Disability-Inclusive Readingp. 70
The Epistemology of Pentecost: Many Tongues, Many Senses, Many Abilitiesp. 73
The Hermeneutics of Pentecost: Dis/Ability Kinesthetics and a Theology of Witnessp. 75
Summaryp. 79
Study Questionsp. 80
One Body, Many Members: St. Paul's Charismatic Ecclesiology and the Renewal of Dis/Abilityp. 82
Introductionp. 82
"In Weakness We Are Made Strong": Was St. Paul the First Theologian of Disability?p. 83
Honoring the "Weaker" Member: A Disability Ecclesiology and Charismologyp. 90
God Has Chosen the Foolishness of the World: Intellectual Disability and Ecclesiologyp. 96
Foolishness: God's, the World's, and That of People with Intellectual Disabilityp. 97
Whose Folly, Which Foolishness? Christ, the Cross, and the Redemption of Intellectual Disabilityp. 100
One Body, Many Members and Ministries: Toward an Inclusive Ecclesiologyp. 104
Ecclesial Inclusion of People with Disabilitiesp. 106
Ministry to and with People with Intellectual Disabilitiesp. 109
Hospitality for and of People with Profound Disabilitiesp. 112
Summaryp. 115
Study Questionsp. 116
When There Shall Be No More Tears: Eschatology, the Reign of God, and the Redemption of Disabilityp. 118
Introductionp. 118
The Resurrection Body: Traditional Expectations, Disability Interrogationsp. 119
Jesus' (Resurrected) Body: The (Eschatological) Marks of Impairmentp. 125
No More Tears! Disability, Hospitality, and the Reign of Godp. 130
Eschatology and the Enabling of Judgment: Disability Mediationsp. 136
Summaryp. 142
Study Questionsp. 142
Epilogue: The New Biblical Theology of Disability: So What?p. 145
Appendix: Disability at Qumranp. 148
For Further Readingp. 149
Name Indexp. 152
Subject Indexp. 155
Scripture Indexp. 158
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