The Control of Biblical Meaning / Edition 1

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This provocative book pursues a series of questions associated with canon(s) of the Bible. How does the canon influence the meaning of the texts of which it is composed? Could texts be "liberated" from the canon, and what would this liberation do to them or to the canon? What does the biblical canon signify about its constituent texts? What does canonical status imply about texts that are included in the Bible, as well as texts that are excluded from it? How does a canon—a cultural and ideological product—influence or create ideology and culture?

In The Control of Biblical Meaning, George Aichele draws deeply on the insights of postructuralist literary theory as he pursues these questions. He also engages in close readings of specific biblical and nonbiblical texts to demonstrate ways that canon controls the meanings of its texts. With dazzling skill, Aichele interrogates the form and function of canon as a mechanism that both reveals and conceals texts from its readers.

George Aichele teaches at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. He is the author of Sign, Text, Scripture: Semiotics and the Bible and Jesus Framed and is a contributor to The Postmodern Bible.

For: Advanced undergraduates; graduate students; biblical scholars; course text.

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In his insightful and scholarly new book, The Control Of Biblical Meaning: Canon As Semiotic Mechanism, George Aichele (Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan) presents and responds to a series of key and seminal questions associated with the canon of the Bible. Professor Aichele is articulate and informative as he examines how the canon influences the meaning of the texts which compose it; whether texts can be "liberated" from the canon and what such liberation would do to both them and to the canon that contains them; what canonical status implies about the texts included in the Bible (as well as texts that excluded); and how canon influences or creates ideology and culture within the Christian community. The Control Of Biblical Meaning is fascinating, erudite treatise that is both "user friendly" and very highly recommended for personal as well as academically oriented biblical studies curriculum supplementation and reading lists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563383335
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

George Aichele is a member of the Bible and Culture Collective, the collaborative author of The Postmodern Bible. He is also the author of Sign Text Scripture and The Control of Biblical Meaning and co-editor with Walsh of Screening Scripture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Control of Denotation
1 A Semiotics of Canon 15
2 The Technology of Text 38
3 Ideologies of Translation 61
4 The Imperial Bible 84
Pt. 2 Wild Connotations
5 Babble On 107
6 The Bleeding Page 130
7 The Humanoids 151
8 David Reconfigured 173
9 Signifying Jesus 194
Conclusion: The Future of the Christian Canon 218
Glossary 233
Bibliography 237
Index of Scripture and Related Texts 247
Index of Names 257
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