Nomadic Text: A Theory Of Biblical Reception History

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

byBrennan W. Breed

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Brennan W. Breed claims that biblical interpretation should focus on the shifting capacities of the text, viewing it as a dynamic process rather than a static product. Rather than seeking to determine the original text and its meaning, Breed proposes that scholars approach the production, transmission, and interpretation of the biblical text as interwoven elements of its overarching reception history. Grounded in the insights of contemporary literary theory, this approach alters the framing questions of interpretation from "What does this text mean?" to "What can this text do?"

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Brennan W. Breed claims that biblical interpretation should focus on the shifting capacities of the text, viewing it as a dynamic process rather than a static product. Rather than seeking to determine the original text and its meaning, Breed proposes that scholars approach the production, transmission, and interpretation of the biblica...

Brennan W. Breed is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025301252X

ISBN - 13:9780253012524

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Constitutive Divide of Reception History
1. The Miltonesque Concept of the Original Text
2. Living in Pottersville: An Alternate Approach to Textual Criticism
3. Anchor or Spandrel: The Concept of the Original Context
4. On Tigers and Cages: Re-Thinking Context
5. Mapping the Garden of Forking Paths: A Nomadic Reception History
6. Justice, Survival, Presence: Job 19:25-27
7. Trajectories of Job 19:25-27: The Example of Survival
Conclusion: Nomadology and the Future of Biblical Studies
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Brennan Breed's Nomadic Text is not just a theory of biblical reception history, but is also a reevaluation of text criticism and its search for the original text... [He] makes a compelling argument that all biblical interpretation is reception history." -Journal of the Bible and Its Reception