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Rhetoric and Ethic : The Politics of Biblical Studies - Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza

Rhetoric and Ethic

The Politics of Biblical Studies

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780800627959
Number Of Pages: 220

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In this major study, leading feminist biblical critic Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza focuses on Paul and his interpreters. She questions the apolitical ethos of biblical scholarship and argues for an alternative rooted in a critical understanding of language as a form of power. Modern biblical criticism, she reasons, derives much of its methodology and inspiration from an outdated notion of modern science. It professes value-neutrality and detachment from the world of politics and history. Yet, Schussler Fiorenza maintains, this posture belies an objectivity that fails to engage the sociopolitical context of both the text and today's reader. It also does not recognize the rhetorical character of biblical texts and readings. If language is understood in the sense of ancient rhetorics as a form of power that constitutes reality, then an ethics of interpretation is called for. The task of biblical studies is to identify and assess the ethical resources and moral visions of biblical religions. "Only then," Schussler Fiorenza contends, "will bibical studies be a significant partner in the global struggles seeking justice and well-being for all."

Introduction: For a Biblical (Wo/man) Scholar to Speak in the Ekklesiap. 1
Theoretical Explorations
The Ethics of Biblical Interpretation: Decentering Biblical Scholarshipp. 17
Changing the Paradigms: The Ethos of Biblical Studiesp. 31
Shifting the Focus: The Politics of Biblical Studiesp. 57
Challenging the Rhetorical Half-Turn: Feminist and Rhetorical Biblical Criticismp. 83
Rhetorical Practices
Rhetorical Situation and Historical Reconstruction in 1 Corinthiansp. 105
The Rhetoricity of Historical Knowledge: Pauline Discourse and Its Contextualizationsp. 129
Ideology, Power, and Interpretation: Galatians 3:28p. 149
Pauline Theology and the Politics of Meaningp. 175
The Ethics of Interpretation: Thirteen Thesesp. 195
The Rhetorics of Interpretation: Analytic Compassp. 199
Selected Bibliographyp. 201
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ISBN: 9780800627959
ISBN-10: 0800627954
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.32  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.35