Canons in Conflict: Negotiating Texts in True and False Prophecy by James E. Brenneman

Canons in Conflict: Negotiating Texts in True and False Prophecy

byJames E. Brenneman

Hardcover | May 1, 1997

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In this new study, James Brenneman confronts the issue of conflicting canons with full force, incorporating insights gained from both literary and biblical disciplines on the question of canon. He begins with an illuminating tour through contemporary literary theory from Hans Robert Jauss toStanley Fish, and current discussions in theology about the canon. He goes on to a consideration of true and false prophesy, with a detailed examination of the three apparently conflicting versions of the Old Testament "swords into plowshares" prophesy, as found in Isaiah 2:2-4,5; Joel 4:9-12 (Eng.3:9-12); and Micah 4:1-5. Suggesting that the dynamics controlling the process for negotiating between contradictory readings of prophetic texts are the same as those at work in adjudicating between canons in conflict, Brenneman concludes by pointing the way towards an integrative approachappropriate to the question of canon and authority in a "post-modern" pluralistic context.

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James E. Brenneman is at Episcopal School of Theology at Claremont.

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Title:Canons in Conflict: Negotiating Texts in True and False ProphecyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195109090

ISBN - 13:9780195109092

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"An extremely well-done piece of work....He makes a real contribution through his clarity about the relationship between literary theory and canon criticism, as well as how those issues are related to true and false prophecy. Moreover, his willingness to take on what might be one of thehardest cases--that of the plowshare text--is exemplary for its candor as well as how he provides an example of such readings."--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University