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RULED READING AND BIBLICAL CRITICISM

BELL, MATTHEW,TIMOTHY (2015) RULED READING AND BIBLICAL CRITICISM. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Abstract

While recent decades have shown interest in early Christian hermeneutics for scripture, application – and even understanding of – those hermeneutics has been complicated by a pattern of suspicion characterizing the modern world when it considers its ancient counterpart, notably the prejudice that ancient Christian interpretation is relatively unconcerned for history and the (putative) literal sense. This dissertation proposes that that modern legacy deserves to be revised for a postmodern environment both out of concern for properly historical concerns and as a theolegoumenon for the postmodern scene. Specifically, once the ethos and theology of reading in the early Church is explored as the backdrop against which ancient interpretations were regarded as plausible and compelling, its interpretive priorities turn out to be less implausible to the modern world than they have seemed to be. Related to this, once the emerging, postmodern world is, also, explored, it seems possible and productive to translate or recontextualize into our setting the pre-understandings of early Christians regarding books generally and holy writ specifically, particularly their ontology of scripture that related it dialectically to the Church's consciousness of its Rule of Faith and discernment of God's ongoing epic of salvation. A conclusion suggests ways in which this “translation” might be pursued.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Rule of Faith; biblical interpretation; hermeneutics; theological interpretation; patristic hermeneutics; ruled reading; Christian scripture
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2015
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:18 Mar 2015 08:59

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