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Theorizing Scriptures

New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon

Vincent L. Wimbush (editor) Vincent L. Wimbush (series editor)

ISBN: 9780813542034

Publication Date: Sep 2008

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Historically, religious scriptures are defined as holy texts that are considered to be beyond the abilities of the layperson to interpret. This title provides a look at the social, cultural, and racial meanings invested in these texts.
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Historically, religious scriptures are defined as holy texts that are considered to be beyond the abilities of the layperson to interpret. Their content is most frequently analyzed by clerics who do not question the underlying political or social implications of the text, but use the writing to convey messages to their congregations about how to live a holy existence. In Western society, moreover, what counts as scripture is generally confined to the Judeo-Christian Bible, leaving the voices of minorities, as well as the holy texts of faiths from Africa and Asia, for example, unheard.In this innovative collection of essays that aims to turn the traditional bible-study definition of scriptures on its head, Vincent L. Wimbush leads an in-depth look at the social, cultural, and racial meanings invested in these texts. Contributors hail from a wide array of academic fields and geographic locations and include such noted academics as Susan Harding, Elisabeth Shussler Fiorenza, and William L. Andrews.Purposefully transgressing disciplinary boundaries, this ambitious book opens the door to different interpretations and critical orientations, and in doing so, allows an ultimately humanist definition of scriptures to emerge.
Illustrations 33 b&w illustrations
Pages 304
Date Published 30 Sep 2008
Series Signifying (on) Scriptures Series
Subject/s Biblical studies & exegesis  
Vincent L. Wimbush is director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University in California.

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