Ryken, Leland 1942–

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RYKEN, Leland 1942–

PERSONAL: Born May 17, 1942, in New Sharon (some sources cite Pella), IA; son of Frank (in farming) and Eva (Bos) Ryken; married Mary Graham, August 22, 1964; children: Philip Graham, Margaret Lynn, Nancy Elizabeth. Education: Central College (now Central University of Iowa), B.A., 1964; University of Oregon, Ph.D., 1968. Politics: Republican. Religion: Presbyterian.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of English, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 60187. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, professor of English, 1968–.

MEMBER: Modern Language Association of America, Milton Society of America, Conference on Christianity and Literature, Evangelical Theological Society.

WRITINGS:

The Apocalyptic Vision in "Paradise Lost," Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1970.

The Literature of the Bible, Zondervan Publishing House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1974.

Triumphs of the Imagination: Literature in Christian Perspective, Inter-Varsity Press (Downers Grove, IL), 1979.

(Editor) The Christian Imagination: Essays on Literature and the Arts, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1981, expanded edition published as The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing, Shaw Publishers Books (Colorado Springs, CO), 2002.

(Editor, with James H. Sims, and contributor) Milton and Scriptural Tradition: The Bible into Poetry, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 1984.

(Editor) The New Testament in Literary Criticism, Frederick Ungar (New York, NY), 1984.

How to Read the Bible as Literature, Academie Books (Grand Rapids, MI), 1984.

Windows to the World: Literature in Christian Perspective, Zondervan Publishing House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1985, 2nd edition, Probe Books (Richardson, TX), 1990.

Culture in Christian Perspective: A Door to Understanding and Enjoying the Arts, Multnomah Press (Portland, OR), 1986, published as The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly about the Arts, Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, IL), 1989.

Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were, Academie Books (Grand Rapids, MI), 1986.

Words of Life: A Literary Introduction to the New Testament, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1987.

Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1987, 2nd edition (includes Words of Life: A Literary Introduction to the New Testament), 1992.

Work and Leisure in Christian Perspective, Multnomah Press (Portland, OR), 1987.

(With James C. Wilhoit) Effective Bible Teaching, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1988.

Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective, Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, IL), 1991.

(Editor, with Clarence Walhout) Contemporary Literary Theory: A Christian Appraisal, W. B. Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1992.

(Editor, with Tremper Longman III) A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible, Zondervan Publishing House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1993.

(Coeditor) The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on Literature and Theory, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1995.

Redeeming the Time: A Christian Approach to Work and Leisure, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1995.

(General editor, with James C. Wilhoit and Tremper Longman III) Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Inter-Varsity Press (Downers Grove, IL), 1998.

The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation, Crossway Books (Wheaton, IL) 2002, published as Bible Translation Differences: Criteria for Excellence in Reading and Choosing a Bible Translation, 2004.

Contributor to books, including Literary Interpretations of Biblical Narratives, edited by Kenneth Gros Louis, Abingdon (Nashville, TN), 1974. Contributor to scholarly journals.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Christian Century, January 31, 1996, review of Redeeming the Time: A Christian Approach to Work and Leisure, p. 116.

Publishers Weekly, January 28, 2002, review of The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing, p. 288.

Religious Studies Review, July, 1999, review of Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, p. 295.

Rettig on Reference, March, 1999, review of Dictionary of Biblical Imagery.