• The big sleep: Strategic ambiguity in Judges 4-5 and in classic film noir

      Christianson, Eric; University College Chester (Brill, 2007-01-01)
      This article discusses similaries between film noir and the book of Judges such as anxiety over constructs of masculinity and normality, interest in ritualized violence, fetishization of women, existential deliberation over character, resignation to the fate of the individual (and by extension the nation), withering acknowledgment of the façade of material progress — all expressed with indeterminate narrative modes that frustrate attempts at making meaning.
    • Ecclesiastes through the centuries

      Christianson, Eric; University of Chester (Blackwell, 2007-12-18)
      This book discusses the effects Ecclesiastes has had on religion, art, social thought, music, and literature.
    • The ethics of narrative wisdom: Qoheleth as test case

      Christianson, Eric; Chester College of Higher Education (William B Eerdmans, 2002-10-01)
      This book chapter discusses the character of Qoheleth - focusing on the questions who am I? what ought I to become? and how am I to get there?
    • A fistful of shekels: Ehud the judge and the spaghetti western

      Christianson, Eric (SCM Press, 2005)
      This book chapter discusses a scene in the film "For a few dollars more" (1965) and the character of Ehud, the warrior in Judges 3.12-30.
    • A fistful of shekels: Scrutinizing Ehud's entertaining violence (Judges 3:12-30)

      Christianson, Eric; Chester College of Higher Education (Brill, 2003-01-01)
      In Judges violence is a typical means by which Yahweh orchestrates justice. It becomes the end for the good (such as, likely, Jephthah's daughter), the bad (such as enemy Sisera) and the ugly (such as the thoroughly unpleasant Abimelech). Just as Judges asks the question, 'Who is going to lead Israel?', it also implicitly questions the value of the means by which Israel shall be led. Likewise, the Western film genre creates a dialogue about violence; who may use it and when. It is also about access to the land and its governance. These mutual concerns are explored in a developed comparison between the Ehud narrative (Judg. 3:12-30) and some of the ambiguously virtuous violent heroes of Western films (particularly Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Western creation, 'the Man with No Name').
    • Voltaire's precis of Ecclesiastes: A case study in the Bible's afterlife

      Christianson, Eric; McWilliams, Terry (Sage, 2005-06-01)
      This article discusses In 1759 Volitaire's two precis of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, written in 1759. The article also includes a full translation of the Precis by Terry McWilliams, with critical notes.