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In The Beginning : Critical Concepts For The Study Of The Bible - James W. Aageson

In The Beginning

Critical Concepts For The Study Of The Bible

Paperback Published: 14th July 2000
ISBN: 9780813366203
Number Of Pages: 167

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"In The Beginning: Critical Concepts for the Study of the Bible" is not an introduction to biblical content in the traditional sense. This text asks students to think like critical biblical interpreters. Each essay presents important questions about the Bible and the complex nature of biblical interpretation and provides each student with the means to address these questions with skill and sophistication. These essays are neither exhaustive treatments of the respective topics nor are they intended to answer all of the questions surrounding the topics. To provide a foundation for future study, the author develops a process of thinking and learning by which students can begin to independently raise further questions and generate new and more creative insights. These sixteen essays are written for those who are beginning the critical study of the Bible. Aageson believes that in thinking seriously about the Bible, critical minds will be honed; and that in bringing passion and curiosity to the study, enduring wisdom may be achieved. Every student of the Bible should read this text.

List of Tables and Figuresp. xi
Introductionp. 1
For Instructorsp. 1
For Studentsp. 2
Summary of Chaptersp. 3
An Issue of Distancep. 9
The Immediate Textp. 10
The Remote Textp. 12
The Middle Groundp. 14
Two Religions, One Set of Textsp. 19
Implications of the Designation Old Testamentp. 20
The Relationship Between the Old and New Testamentsp. 22
Interpreting the Old Testamentp. 22
A Matter of Methodp. 27
Interpretive Methodp. 28
Source Criticismp. 29
Redaction Criticismp. 30
From a Hunch to a Hypothesisp. 35
Inductive Thinkingp. 35
Deductive Thinking and Hypothesesp. 36
The Two-Source Hypothesisp. 37
What About Language?p. 43
Translation and Interpretation: An Examplep. 44
Translation and the Problem of Languagep. 45
Translation and the Jesus Traditionp. 47
Translation and the Churchp. 48
Biblical Versionsp. 49
To Hear and to Seep. 51
Oral and Literary Culturep. 51
The Character of Written Textsp. 54
Be It History or Literature?p. 63
Historical Interpretationp. 64
Literary Interpretationp. 68
The Bible: A Book or a Library?p. 71
The Diversity of Literary Genresp. 71
The Diversity of Historical and Theological Circumstancesp. 75
Like an Ever-flowing Streamp. 77
Form Criticismp. 77
Redaction Criticism, Recontextualization, and Intertextualityp. 79
The History of Traditions and the Formation of the Canonp. 82
Let's Just Read It Literallyp. 85
The Surface Level of the Biblical Textp. 85
The Intent of the Biblical Authorp. 88
The Accuracy of the Biblical Textp. 89
What Is Truth? Fact, Myth, and Moral Critiquep. 93
Truth as Historical Correspondencep. 93
Truth by Definition and the Power of Mythp. 95
Biblical Truth and Moral Critiquep. 99
This Canon Has One "N"p. 101
Canonizationp. 101
Canon as Foundational Textp. 105
The Church and the Universityp. 109
The Three Legs of Interpretationp. 111
Constituencyp. 112
Locationp. 114
Functionp. 116
A Question of Purityp. 119
The Rise of Judaismp. 120
"Matter" out of Placep. 122
Digging in the Text and in the Dirtp. 127
Textual Materialp. 128
Archaeological Materialp. 130
Biblical Scholars and Archaeologists in Conversationp. 134
The Bible and the Examined Lifep. 137
Introductory Courses, Old and Newp. 138
Teaching Goalsp. 140
Index of Terms and Namesp. 145
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 153
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ISBN: 9780813366203
ISBN-10: 0813366208
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 167
Published: 14th July 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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