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By Mark G. Brett

ISBN-10: 0521401194

ISBN-13: 9780521401197

The writer of this publication means that outdated testomony students may still advance their starting to be hyperlinks with neighboring disciplines and inspire a plurality of interpretative pursuits inside bible study. Given this type of pluralistic context, Dr. Brett's rivalry is that the hot "canonical" method of outdated testomony research could have a particular contribution to make to the self-discipline with no inevitably displacing, as many students have assumed, different traditions of old, social medical, and literary inquiry. The publication bargains a complete critique of the canonical method as built through Brevard Childs, and areas this within the surroundings of contemporary discussions in literary thought and "postmodern" theology.

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26 BIBLICAL CRITICISM IN CRISIS? On the contrary, it needs a theory of relatively autonomous texts. Fresh readings of a classical text may draw implications that can find no justification in the intentions of its authors or editors. This view would be in line with a more formalist Childs who sometimes discovers canonical meanings 'irrespective of intentionality' (1979: 79,259,661; 1985: 49). But my theoretical defence of the canonical approach will first need a more detailed account of Childs's exegetical practice.

On the monistic view, final form 42 BIBLICAL CRITICISM IN CRISIS? readings cannot conflict with the findings of historical critics, and conversely, historical critics cannot transgress the findings of final form critics. Here are two examples of a pluralist tendency, (i) In his discussion of the redaction of the plague narratives in Exod. 7: 8 — 11: 10 Childs argues that 'Often the synthetic approach has been used apologetically against source criticism with little understanding of the different levels of the text which are being discussed .

22: 1—14 provides a notable example. In this case the typical form of an 'invective-threat' has been 'fractured by means of a dominant historical reference'. Nevertheless, It is a false move to attempt to correlate the text with some historical event and on the basis of this alleged relationship to interpret the text. Equally misleading is the attempt to reconstruct an event which harmonizes with the accounts in 2 Kings 18-19. Such techniques usually result in supplying the crucial links and in blurring the actual witness of the text which is being examined.

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