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Biblical Criticism in Crisis? : The Impact of the Canonical Approach on Old Testament Studies - Mark G. Brett

Biblical Criticism in Crisis?

The Impact of the Canonical Approach on Old Testament Studies


Published: 26th April 1991
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This book suggests that Old Testament scholars should strengthen their growing links with neighbouring academic disciplines and encourage a number of interpretative interests within biblical studies. Given such a pluralistic context, the author's contention is that the new 'canonical' approach to Old Testament study will have a distinctive contribution to make to the discipline without necessarily displacing other traditions of historical and literary inquiry, as many scholars have assumed. Dr Brett offers a comprehensive critique of the canonical approach as developed by Brevard Childs, and examines the development of Childs's exegetical practice, his hermeneutical theory, and the many critical responses which his work has elicited. In responding to these criticisms, the author examines the most problematic aspects of the canonical approach (notably Childs's inadequate reply to those who emphasise the ideological conflicts that lie behind biblical texts in their final form) and seeks to reconstruct the approach in light of contemporary discussions of interpretation in literary theory and the social sciences.

"As a thoughtful and thorough evaluation of the canonical approach in biblical studies, this book is without peer." Bibliotheca Sacra

Introduction: setting the scene
Distinguishing interpretative interests
The development of canonical exegesis
'Introduction' and Old Testament theology
Has Childs fallen into Gabler's ditch?
Textual intentions and histories of reception
The future of the canonical approach
Bibliographical key to Childs's works
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ISBN: 9780521401197
ISBN-10: 0521401194
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.47