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The personal voice in biblical interpretation
Kitzberger, Ingrid R.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xii, 218 pages ; 25 cm
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Reading and interpreting the Bible, whether as an 'ordinary' or critical reader, has always been strongly influenced by a person's own experience.
They demonstrate the variety of ways in which the Bible can have meaning for different people. The contributors offer challenging new perspectives on the ancient biblical books and individual texts of the Torah, the prophets, the Gospels, (Pauline) letters and Revelation. The Personal Voice in Biblical Scholarship contains the original essays of distinguished Jewish and Christian scholars of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds.

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This collection joins the genre of reader-response, autobiographical, and social location hermeneutics (Miller, Getting Personal, 1991; Freedman et al., The Intimate Critique, 1993; Staley, Reading with a Passion, 1995; Anderson and Staley, Taking It Personally, 1995; and Veeser, Confessions of the Critics, 1996). Reacting against perceived impersonal objectivity in traditional historical criticism, the writers seek to show how their own biographies inform their understanding of texts, making interpretation more personal and passionate. The biographical and social location of the writers is more inclusive than similar collections, with female and male, Christian and Jewish writers from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and America. Not an argument for autobiography and social location hermeneutics, these are testimonials to the significance of the method. Writers are open and honest, revealing events that have structured their value systems. Some essays are intimate; others state interpretive schema as personal history. Although each essay focuses on a text, the text often gets lost in the autobiographical account. There are few new methodological insights, and several authors have written autobiographically elsewhere; responses to the essays would have added value. Interpreters who see hermeneutics as a science will react negatively to these interpretations. Those interested in the experiences and values of other interpreters will find them engaging. All levels. J. H. Ware; Austin College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Referencesp. 9
1 The Guarded Personal Voice of a Male European-American Biblical Scholarp. 12
Referencesp. 24
2 My Personal Voice: the Making of a Postcolonial Criticp. 25
Referencesp. 37
3 The Function of the Non-Fulfilled Promisesp. 38
Notesp. 51
Referencesp. 52
4 Mark's Open Ending and Following Jesus on the Wayp. 53
Notesp. 63
Referencesp. 64
5 Fathers and Sonsp. 65
Referencesp. 85
6 Reading and Sense-Experiencing the Gospel of Johnp. 86
Referencesp. 96
7 An Adventure with Nicodemusp. 97
Notesp. 108
Referencesp. 109
8 Border Crossing and Meeting Jesus at the Wellp. 111
Referencesp. 126
9 Reading the Letter to the Galatians from an Apartheid and a Post-Apartheid Perspectivep. 128
Referencesp. 140
10 My Reading of 1 John in Africap. 142
Notesp. 154
Referencesp. 155
11 A Self-Conscious Reader-Response Interpretation of Romans 13:1-7p. 156
Referencesp. 169
12 A Re-Evaluation of Hosea 1-2: Philology Informed by Life Experiencep. 170
Referencesp. 181
13 Revolting Revelationsp. 183
Notesp. 197
Works Cited, or Obliquely Alluded To, or Otherwise Presupposedp. 200
Name Indexp. 201
Subject Indexp. 205
Biblical Indexp. 213