The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements between Luke and the Five Senses (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2011)  is out now. For details, see:

Excerpt from the close of chapter 1:

By suggesting that the materiality of the text intervene in the way biblical scholars think about the writings they interpret, I aim to enact connections, between materially mediated writings and images, which might later inform ecological approaches to biblical interpretation. I propose, therefore, to bring into reading a respect for the matter that supports a writing, the matter that a writing both is and is not. Thus, my project is in the mode of returning to the text its uncertain material ground. Reading as a saturated communion with this ground is not so much systematic as engaged, selective, attentive, and evocative. I hope biblical scholars and ecological critics will accept the invitation to enter and continue this initial conversation. Among other things, the conversation may take us toward a consideration of the ethical implications of respect for the Earthy context of writing and so call into question our love affair with the book. As I will argue in the next chapter, the production of the book in general is influenced deeply by the long history of production and reproduction of Bibles.