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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as current film releases with spiritual significance, and a few bits and pieces on the Bible.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    "Biblical Epics" Gets a Reprint

    Biblical Epics:Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema
    Bruce Francis Babington and Peter William Evans

    Paperback: 256 pages
    Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers (Jun 2009)
    Language English
    ISBN: 978-1606088159

    One of the most frequently quoted books on Bible films is Bruce Babington and Peter William Evans' "Biblical Epics", one of the first books (1993) to really delve deep into films based on the Bible. Sadly the book has been out of print for many many years - a decade at least. It has been available on Google Books for a while, but it's just not the same.

    So I was really pleased to discover just now that the book has recently been reprinted by Wipf and Stock. I wasn't particularly familiar with Wipf and Stock but it appears that they are a republisher (as opposed to simply a publisher) - someone on their Facebook page "once called Wipf and Stock 'the vultures of publishing' because of the academic reprints...in a good way", and I can see what they mean. This book is so long due a reprint that I'm glad someone has finally decided to pick it up. Courses studying Jesus films and beyond seem to be continuing to grow so hopefully there will be a ready market for it.

    I'm going to try and contact Wipf and Stock to find out more details, particularly whether this is just a straight reprint, or whether there is any new content. I'll let you all know in due course.

    In either case the book is available to order now from Amazon both in the UK, the US and Canada, although it is significantly cheaper to buy from Wipf and Stock direct.



    • At 8:33 pm, November 10, 2009, Blogger Chris Spinks said…

      A few things:

      1. Wipf and Stock has been publishing reprints for about 15 years. We've been doing new titles for the last 5 or so. We are not just a re-publisher, though reprints are a good bit of our business.

      2. The book highlighted here is in fact a reprint of the 1993 publication. No new content.

      3. I recommend ordering directly from us rather than going through Amazon or some other online retailer. We offer 20% off retail for all direct orders. For this book see http://wipfandstock.com/store/Biblical_Epics_Sacred_Narrative_in_the_Hollywood_Cinema

      D. Christopher Spinks, PhD
      Editor, Wipf and Stock Publishers
      199 W. 8th Ave, Suite 3
      Eugene OR 97401

      Tel: 541-344-1528
      Fax: 541-344-1506

    • At 1:20 pm, November 11, 2009, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Thanks for that Chris, I only noticed your discount after I made the initial post.



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