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Derrida's Bible : Reading a Page of Scripture With a Little Help From Derrida - Yvonne M. Sherwood

Derrida's Bible

Reading a Page of Scripture With a Little Help From Derrida

By: Yvonne M. Sherwood (Editor), Elizabeth A. Castelli (Editor)

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Published: 13th December 2004
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This collection asks what it might mean to think about a seemingly oxymoronic thing: Derrida's Bible. Reading little bits of scripture alongside little bits of Derrida, the contributors invite you to a series of Bible Studies that certainly wouldn't fit into those conventional devotional series called Daily Bread or Daily Light (nor into their presumed opposite--Daily Scorpions or Daily Darkness). They question the popular belief that 'Derrida' and 'Bible' are self-evident things that invite either wholesale denunciation or whole-hearted disciple-love. Following Derrida's lead they ask what it might mean to think Bible in relation to pressing contemporary questions: ethical, religious, theological, philosophical and political.

'This valuable volume represents a helpful shift of focus of current discussions of 'Derrida and religion' to 'Derrida and the Bible,' to the way in which this scrupulously close micro-reader of texts reads and helps us read Biblical texts, the assembled conglomerate of which is what is meant by Derrida's Bible. The collection shows superbly how 'the Bible' (like 'Plato'), as a single overarching theological unity or an enabling ecclesiastical authorization, is exploded by a close-even 'literalist'-reading which releases an avalanche of metaphors, puns, competing theologies, heterogeneities, multiple layers of cut and paste authorship, good news and bad, awash in problems of interpretation and translation-in short, everything that Derrida predicts a 'text' (a 'scripture') would be. Yvonne Sherwood has produced an important collection for which everyone, readers of Derrida and readers of the Bible, will be grateful.' - John D. Caputo, Watson Professor of Religion, Syracuse University



'Readers who imagine they already know what Derrida's Bible amounts to - a transcendental signified cast down to earth, Lucifer-like, here; gleeful greasing of the higher rungs of a Jacob's ladder there - will be pleasantly surprised by this collection. The Derrida of the title is, for the most part, 'later' Derrida, increasingly irreducible to deconstruction, and certainly to deconstruction-by-numbers; and the readings of biblical texts showcased within are, at their best, correspondingly nuanced, surprising, and consequential.' - Stephen D. Moore, Professor of New Testament, The Theological School, Drew University, author of Mark and Luke in Poststructuralist Perspectives: Jesus Begins to Write and Poststructuralism and the New Testament: Derrida and Foucault at the Foot of the Cross



'This valuable volume represents a helpful shift of focus of current discussions of 'Derrida and religion' to 'Derrida and the Bible,' to the way in which this scrupulously close micro-reader of texts reads and helps us read Biblical texts, the assembled conglomerate of which is what is meant by Derrida's Bible. The collection shows superbly how 'the Bible' (like 'Plato'), as a single overarching theological unity or an enabling ecclesiastical authorization, is exploded by a close-even 'literalist'-reading which releases an avalanche of metaphors, puns, competing theologies, heterogeneities, multiple layers of cut and paste authorship, good news and bad, awash in problems of interpretation and translation-in short, everything that Derrida predicts a 'text' (a 'scripture') would be. Yvonne Sherwood has produced an important collection for which everyone, readers of Derrida and readers of the Bible, will be grateful.' - John D. Caputo, Watson Professor of Religion, Syracuse University



'Readers who imagine they already know what Derrida's Bible amounts to-a transcendental signified cast down to earth, Lucifer-like, here; gleeful greasing of the higher rungs of a Jacob's ladder there - will be pleasantly surprised by this collection. The Derrida of the title is, for the most part, 'later' Derrida, increasingly irreducible to deconstruction, and certainly to deconstruction-by-numbers; and the readings of biblical texts showcased within are, at their best, correspondingly nuanced, surprising, and consequential.' - Stephen D. Moore, author of Mark and Luke in Poststructuralist Perspectives: Jesus Begins to Write and Poststructuralism and the New Testament: Derrida and Foucault at the Foot of the Cross

Introduction : Derrida's Biblep. 1
Between genealogy and virgin birth : origin and originality in Matthewp. 23
Of secretaries, secrets, and scrolls : Jeremiah 36 and the irritating word of Godp. 39
Postcards from the (canon's) edge : the pastoral epistles and Derrida's The post cardp. 49
Erasing Amalek : remembering to forget with Derrida and biblical traditionp. 61
The missing/mystical messiah : Melchizedek among the specters of Genesis 14p. 81
Jerusalem and memory : on a long parenthesis in Derrida's Specters of Marxp. 99
Shibboleth and the ma(r)king of culture : Judges 12 and the monolingualism of the otherp. 119
The book of Esther : the making and unmaking of Jewish identityp. 135
Triangulating responsibility : how and why Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael offer and refuse the gift of death, and to/from whomp. 151
Preferring or not preferring : Derrida on Bartleby as Kierkegaard's Abrahamp. 167
Justice as gift : thinking grace with the help of Derridap. 181
Trembling in the dark : Derrida's Mysterium Tremendum and the Gospel of Markp. 199
Death at the gate : who let him in? : responsibility for death in the Wisdom of Solomon and Derridap. 215
The end of the world : Archive Fever, Qohelet 12:1-7, and Lamentations Rabbahp. 231
Decomposing Qoheletp. 247
And Sarah diedp. 261
Pardon me ...p. 295
Beliebigkeitp. 301
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ISBN: 9781403966636
ISBN-10: 140396663X
Series: Religion/Culture/Critique
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 323
Published: 13th December 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1