Ray Horton Contributes to “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts”


Ray Horton has contributed to the new reference work The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts. Published by the Oxford University Press, this two-volume set is edited by Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University.

The OUP describes the book: “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (OEBART) is an in-depth, comprehensive reference work that covers the cultural history of biblical texts, themes, characters, images, and the Bible itself in the literary, visual, and musical arts. Appearing in response to the shifting landscape of biblical studies over the last decade, OEBART embraces the broadest possible definition of ‘interpretation,’ one that includes a cultural-historical perspective. Entries are organized primarily according to specific literary, visual, and musical artists, types of works, and periods (e.g., Mozart, Shakespeare, Children’s Bibles, Early Christian Art), revealing how the Bible figures in each. OEBART contains 148 entries ranging in length from 2,000 to 10,000 words. With bibliographic references and suggestions for further reading, each entry provides scholars and students with a reliable source of specialist information on topics that are not covered by existing general reference works.”

Horton contributed an entry on novelist Marilynne Robinson.