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Sense and Stigma in the GospelsDepictions of Sensory-Disabled Characters$
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Louise J. Lawrence

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199590087.001.0001

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‘Sensory–Disabled’ Characters Refiguring God

(p.124) Conclusion
Sense and Stigma in the Gospels

Louise J. Lawrence

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter examines how understandings of ‘sensory-disabled’ characters in the gospels, and of God and Jesus, can be refigured through a ‘sensory disability’ consciousness. In particular, it shows how the ‘sensory-disabled’ characters can each recast dominant conceptions of the ‘normal’ in both biblical traditions and scholarly analyses by challenging and deconstructing the abled/disabled binary. In juxtaposing the sensory-disabled characters with the characterisations of God and Jesus, the chapter explores what the study of disability tells us about the production, operation and maintenance of its constructed binary opposite ableism.

Keywords:   sensory-disabled characters, gospels, God, Jesus, sensory disability, disability, ableism, normal

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