Brandon R. Grafius is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit. He has published widely on the intersection between horror and religion. His book Lurking under the Surface: Horror, Religion, and the Questions that Haunt Us is forthcoming in the fall 2022 from Broadleaf Books. He is also co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Monsters, scheduled for publication next year. Find him on Twitter: @brgrafius.
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The Many Ghosts of the Revised Common Lectionary
There are large swaths of the Bible that the lectionary skips over. And while there are lots of reasons for not including certain passages, it doesn’t take too long to notice one major pattern: Passages that are uncomfortably violent (or just angry) are frequently left on the cutting room floor, and consequently left out of Sunday worship.
‘The Sandman’ Grapples with a World Full of Terror and Grace
Viewers would be wise to approach The Sandman expecting a slow burn rather than a breakneck action extravaganza. There’s plenty of horror, but these moments are spaced out through the deeply human moments of Morpheus coming to terms with what it means to serve humanity.
In ‘Stranger Things,’ It’s the Bad Guys Who Quote Scripture
Scripture is quoted twice in the latest season of Stranger Things, a first for the Netflix original that introduced us to the military experiments happening in the small Midwestern town of Hawkins, Eggo-loving Eleven, and the magic of Steve Harrington’s hair.
‘Men’ Shows Christianity’s Horrifying Legacy of Blaming Women
Men uses imagery from Genesis 3 to reflect on the culturally assigned guilt of women and the patriarchal system that has perpetuated this guilt through a centuries-long history of interpretation.
What Can Horror Teach Us About the Bible?
Horror has always leaned on religion to provide the backbone for its explorations of evil, even before the first time Dracula cowered in fear at the sight of a cross. But religion doesn’t just inspire the horror genre, it utilizes it, too. The Bible is full of horror.