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An opening chapter outlines this new approach and its focus on values, convictions, and beliefs both in the texts we read and in the world in which we live. Then follow chapters on getting inside a text (inner texture), that is, studying the internal aspects of words and meanings in the text: entering the interactive world of the test (intertexture,), that is relating the text being interpreted to a wide range of phenomena that lie outside the text: living with the text in the world (social and cultural texture), that is, examining the social and cultural locations in the world that the language of the text evokes: and shared interests in commentary and in the text (ideological texture), that is, looking at the way the text itself and interpreters of the text position themselves in relation to other individuals and groups.
Texts studied include the rich man and Jesus in Mark 10:17-22 (inner texture): the Pentecost event in Acts 2 (intertexture): the woman who anointed Jesus in Luke 7:36-50 and John 9 (social and cultural texture): the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40 and "women keep silent" in 1 Corinthians 14: 26-40 (ideological texture).
Vernon K. Robbins is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion, Emory University, and the author of Ancient Quotes and Anecdotes: From Crib to Crypt and The Rhetoric of Pronouncement.
|Introduction: The New Approach Called Socio-Rhetorical Criticism||1|
|1||Inner Texture: Getting Inside a Text||7|
|2||Intertexture: Entering the Interactive World of a Text||40|
|3||Social and Cultural Texture: Living With a Text in the World||71|
|4||Ideological Texture: Sharing Interests in Commentary and Text||95|
|5||Sacred Texture: Seeking the Divine in a Text||120|
|Index of Scriptures and Ancient Texts||139|
|Index of Modern Authors||144|
|Index of Subjects||145|