This volume brings together 10 essays on the various contexts for texts that social-scientific approaches invoke. These contexts are: the cultural values that inform the writers of texts, the relationship between the text and the reader or community of readers, and the production of texts themselves as social artifacts. In the first, predominantly theoretical, section of the book, John Rogerson applies the perspective of Adorno to the reading of biblical texts; Mark Brett advocates methodological pluralism and deconstructs ethnicity in Genesis; and Gerald West explores the “graininess” of texts. The second part contains both theory and application: Jonathan Dyck draws a “map of ideology” for biblical critics and then applies an ideological critical analysis to Ezra 2. M. Daniel Carroll R. reexamines “popular religion” and uses Amos as a test case; Stanley Porter considers dialect and register in the Greek of the New Testament, then applies it to Mark’s Gospel. This is an original as well as wide-ranging exploration of important social-scientific issues and their application to a range of biblical materials.
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- Applies the perspective of Adorno to the reading of biblical texts
- Advocates methodological pluralism and deconstructs ethnicity in Genesis
- Considers dialect and register in the Greek of the New Testament
- Title: Rethinking Contexts, Rereading Texts: Contributions from the Social Sciences to Biblical Interpretation
- Editor: M. Daniel Carroll R.
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 2000
- Pages: 280
About M. Daniel Carroll R.
M. Daniel Carroll R. is a professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary and an adjunct professor of Old Testament at El Seminario Teologico Centroamericano in Guatemala City.