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Canon and Exegesis : Canonical Praxis and the Sodom Narrative - William John Lyons

Canon and Exegesis

Canonical Praxis and the Sodom Narrative

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Previous attempts to critique the canonical approach of Brevard Childs have remained largely theoretical in nature. One of the weakness 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, centred around the complex, irreducible-even contradictory-request of Abraham for Yahweh to do justice (18:23-25).

'Overall, this book makes a good buy for students and pastors who wish to get a better understanding of how to read the biblical texts from a religious viewpoint.' Pakka Pitkanen, Themelios, 29/1--Sanford Lakoff "Themelios " "At every point, Lyons provides painstaking reviews of the scholarly literature, reporting faithfully at least two sides of many interpretive and conceptual issues....the overall effect...is of a scrupulous scholar attempting to read a 'canonical' text in the company of a scholarly community....wading through Lyons' richly-annotated survey will excite readers eager for a complete bibliography on canonical criticism and scholarship on Genesis 18-19....represent[s] a balanced example of non-foundationalist, scholarly, and theological exegesis." Brian Britt, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 2003-2004

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
The History of Biblical Theology and its Text(s)p. 5
The Development of Biblical Theology through History and its View(s) of the Biblical Textp. 5
The Historical Development of the Biblical Theology of Brevard S. Childs and its Canonical Approach to the Biblical Textp. 25
An Outline of the Canonical Approach of Brevard S. Childsp. 34
The Canonical Approach and Biblical Theologyp. 34
A Theoretical Justification for the Role of 'Canon' in the Canonical Approachp. 40
The Praxis of the Canonical Approachp. 59
The Hermeneutics of the Canonical Approach Reconsideredp. 82
'Objectivity' and 'Perspectivity' in the Canonical Approachp. 82
A Reconstruction Favouring 'Objectivity'p. 85
Taking the Route of 'Perspectivity'p. 94
The 'Community of Faith' and the 'Interpretive Community': Preliminary Consequences of Adopting a Fishian Hermeneuticp. 115
Preliminaries to a Canonical Exegesis of Genesis 18-19p. 124
The 'Sodom Narrative'p. 124
Basic Readerly Presuppositionsp. 125
Diachronic Approaches to the 'Sodom Narrative'p. 137
A Canonical Exegesis of the 'Sodom Narrative', Part 1: Genesis 18p. 150
The Reception and Recognition of the Visitor(s) to Abraham (18.1-8)p. 150
The Announcement of a Son to Sarah (18.9-15)p. 165
Events on the Way to Sodom (18.16-21)p. 174
Abraham's Challenge to YHWH (18.22-23)p. 185
A Canonical Exegesis of the 'Sodom Narrative', Part 2: Genesis 19p. 215
The Arrival of Two Visitors in Sodom (19.1-3)p. 215
Surrounding the House (19.4-11)p. 225
Excursus: Is There a 'Sin of Sodom'?p. 234
Instructions for Lot and his Family (19.12-14)p. 239
Lot's Departure from Sodom (19.15-22)p. 242
The Destruction of Sodom (19.23-29)p. 245
The Origins of Moab and Ammon (19.30-38)p. 250
The Way Forward: Old Testament Texts in the Light of the Suggested Canonical Exegesis of Genesis 18-19p. 253
Conclusion: A Critical Appraisal of the Canonical Approachp. 260
Select Bibliography of the Work of Brevard Springs Childsp. 276
General Bibliographyp. 280
Index of Referencesp. 304
Index of Authorsp. 313
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ISBN: 9781841272955
ISBN-10: 1841272957
Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S.
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1