The Bible in crime fiction and drama

Dr Alison Jack has co-edited a collection of essays about the influence of the Bible as a ‘murderous text’ in modern day media.

Dr Alison Jack
Dr Alison Jack

Published by Bloomsbury, The Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama brings together a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from the fields of biblical interpretation, literary criticism, criminology and studies in film and television to discuss international texts and media spanning the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

She also contributed a paper: ‘Tartan Noir and Sacred Scripture: The Bible as Artefact and Metanarrative in Peter May's Lewis Trilogy’.

The Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama was co-edited with Dr Caroline Blyth, Senior Lecturer in Theological and Religious Studies  at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and includes an afterword by crime writer and academic, Professor Liam McIlvanney, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Conference, 8 January 2019

Professor McIlvanney will be the keynote speaker at a one day conference about the Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama, Tuesday 8 January 2019, School of Divinity.

As well as Dr Jack and Dr Blyth, other speakers and panellists will include Dr J.C. Bernthal, Dr Matthew Collins and Professor Penny Fielding.

Liam McIlvanney is the son of the late William McIlvanney, the ‘father of tartan noir’. In 2018 he won the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize (named after his father) for The Quaker, a crime novel based loosely on the unsolved case of serial killer, ‘Bible John’, believed to have murdered three young women in Glasgow, 1968-1969.

Professor Liam McIlvanney
Professor Liam McIlvanney


The Bible in crime fiction and drama – the book

Conference: the Bible in crime fiction and drama

Dr Jack’s web profile

Dr Blyth’s web page

Professor McIlvanney’s web pages (academic) (author)