Being the Bible

Sacred Bodies and Iconic Books in Bring Your Bible to School Day


  • Dorina Miller Parmenter Spalding University



Bible, biblicism, icon, iconic books, index


Bring Your Bible to School Day has been a rapidly growing annual event in US schools since 2014. It involves a ritual with the processional object, the Bible in its many personalized variations, operating as an icon that invokes the presence of God and legitimizes evangelical Christians who see themselves as the agents of God’s return to American schools and society. In this ritual, the Bible also functions to index its possessors as affected biblical bodies, or visible manifestations of God’s word. This article analyzes the activities and discourses surrounding Bring Your Bible to School Day in light of material attitudes and practices in Protestant Christianity, including iconoclasm and biblicism, and recent scholarship on iconic books.

Author Biography

Dorina Miller Parmenter, Spalding University

Dorina Miller Parmenter is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Her research interests include material uses of the Christian Bible.


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How to Cite

Parmenter, D. M. (2019). Being the Bible: Sacred Bodies and Iconic Books in Bring Your Bible to School Day. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 10(1-2), 53–69.