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Sense and Stigma in the Gospels: Depictions of Sensory-Disabled Characters

Louise J. Lawrence


The senses are used within New Testament texts as instruments of knowledge and power and thus constitute important mediators of cultural knowledge and experience. Likewise, those instances where sensory faculty is perceived to be ‘disabled’ in some way also become key sites for ideological commentary and critique. However, often biblical scholarship, itself ‘disabled’ by eye-centric and textocentric ‘norms’, has read sensory-disabled characters as nothing more than inert sites of healing; their agency, including their alternative sensory modes of communication and resistance to oppression, rem ... More

Keywords: agency, New Testament, cultural knowledge, disability studies, social interactions, stigma, social goals, sensory disabilities, sensory anthropology, gospels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199590087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise J. Lawrence, author
Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies, University of Exeter