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Canon and Exegesis: Canonical Praxis and the Sodom Narrative
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Canon and Exegesis: Canonical Praxis and the Sodom Narrative

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Sheffield Academic Press 2002

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Previous attempts to critique the canonical approach of Brevard Childs have remained largely theoretical in nature. One of the weaknesses of canonical criticism, then, is its failure to have generated new readings of extended biblical passages. Reviewing the hermeneutics and the praxis of Childs' approach, Lyons then turns to the Sodom narrative (Gen 18-19) as a test of a practical exegesis according to Childs' principles, and then to reflect critically upon the reading experience generated. Surprisingly, the canonical reading produced is a wholly new one, centered on the complex, irreducible - even contradictory - request of Abraham for Yahweh to do justice (18:23-25).

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  • Title: Canon and Exegesis: Canonical Praxis and the Sodom Narrative
  • Author: William John Lyons
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Volume: 352
  • Pages: 328

About William John Lyons

William John Lyons teaches New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

About The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement

The The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement (renamed the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies in 2005) is a premier book series that offers cutting-edge work for a readership of scholars, teachers in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates. All the diverse aspects of Old Testament study are represented and promoted in the series, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory, and developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches.

The series was launched by Sheffield Academic Press in 1976, and is published regularly by T & T Clark International as The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. This world-class religious academic publishing program is both interdisciplinary and international in scope, incorporating Sheffield Academic Press, T & T Clark and Trinity Press International.

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