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Biblical Criticism in Crisis?: The Impact of the Canonical by Mark G. Brett

By Mark G. Brett

The writer of this ebook means that previous testomony students may still increase their growing to be hyperlinks with neighboring disciplines and inspire a plurality of interpretative pursuits inside of religious study. Given one of these pluralistic context, Dr. Brett's rivalry is that the recent "canonical" method of previous testomony learn may have a particular contribution to make to the self-discipline with out unavoidably displacing, as many students have assumed, different traditions of ancient, social medical, and literary inquiry. The booklet bargains a finished critique of the canonical process as constructed via Brevard Childs, and locations this within the surroundings of contemporary discussions in literary idea and "postmodern" theology.

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19 This kind of argument has been taken by Childs to its extreme. He has no wish to deny that the biblical materials were produced by acting subjects, it is just that the historical reconstruction of these acting subjects is for him inevitably speculative. Even given Noth's modesty, A History of Pentateuchal Traditions says more than the evidence allows. In line with Noth, Childs suggests that the Bible has been constructed by many unseen hands, and its texts preserve only collective meanings that are available for interpretation.

He finds two types of sign: (a) an historical event that precedes, and has some affinities with, a future event which is threatened or promised; (b) an extraordinary event that confirms the appointment to an office. Exod. 3 does not, however, fit either of these patterns, but 44 BIBLICAL CRITICISM IN CRISIS? Childs develops an elaborate theory that utilizes his formcritical hypothesis.

But the heading is somewhat misleading. 'Exodus context' might have been more accurate since many of the references to other books in the Old Testament are simply comparative in nature, and they have no direct bearing on the final form interpretation. Others are form critical and could just as easily have been placed in section (2). In fact, the main focus seems to be on the immediate context of the text in Exodus. The wider context of the whole Old Testament canon is more often considered within the framework of section (6), 'Theological Reflection'.

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