The Image, the Depths and the Surface: Multivalent Approaches to Biblical Study
The purpose of this book is to illustrate that reading is a subjective process which results in multivalent interpretations. This is the case whether one looks at a text in its historical contexts (the diachronic approach) or its literary contexts (the synchronic approach). Three representative texts are chosen from the Law (Genesis 2–3), the Writings (Psalm 23), and the Prophets (Amos 5), and each is read first by way of historical analysis and then by literary analysis. Each text provides a number of variant interpretations and raises the questions—Is any one interpretation superior? What criteria do we use to measure this? Or is there value in the complementary nature of many approaches and many results?
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- Historical and literary analysis of each text
- Illustrates reading as a subjective process resulting in multivalent interpretations
- Provides a number of variant interpretations for each text
- Title: The Image, the Depths and the Surface: Multivalent Approaches to Biblical Study
- Author: Susan Gillingham
- Series: Study of the Old Testament Supplement (JSOTSupp)
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 2002
- Pages: 160
About Susan Gillingham
Susan Gillingham is a fellow and tutor in theology at Worcester College and an Oxford and University lecturer in Old Testament at Oxford University.