In this introduction, I present the main theme of the International Society of Religion, Literature and Culture's 14th conference that took place in Aarhus in October 2008. The theme of the conference was "Breaking the Norms. Reception, Transformation and Transgression in Religion, Literature and Culture". In the introduction, I give my definitions of reception, transformation, transgression and norm. Taking Harold Bloom and Julia Kristeva as my point of departure, I give an example of reception and transformation in the Bible, showing how the Book of Job can be read as a tranformation of the story about Esau and Jacob. The rest of the introduction presents the six (revised) papers from the conference that are published in this special issue. The authors of these papers are Marie Vejrup Nielsen, James H. Thrall, Alyda Faber, Hans Jørgen Frederiksen, Stefanie Knauss og Hugh S. Pyper .
Literature and Theology, 2009, Issue 3, p. 265-275