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This front matter section of the book Religious Stories We Live By: Narrative Approaches in Theology and Religious Studies contains the table of contents and a list of contributors. The book contains four sections: biblical studies, empirical studies, systematic studies and historical studies. It focuses on the Old Testament novel Cain, a gruesome story of gang rape, and the women in the Samson narratives. The book deals with personal stories and the (religious) identities people construct through those stories, narrative construction of identity among Muslim women and interpretation of life stories. It offers an introduction to narrative approaches in systematic theology and passion narrative. The book presents a parallel description of a protestant narrative community, that of Reformed Pietism, conflicting story-telling between individual, community, and society, and the artwork and texts by Charlotte Salomon.

Keywords: Charlotte Salomon; Muslim women; Old Testament; passion narrative; Reformed Pietism; religious stories; Samson narratives; systematic theology



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