Words and The Word: Language, Poetics and Biblical Interpretation

Words and The Word: Language, Poetics and Biblical Interpretation

by Stephen Prickett
     
 

First published in 1986, Stephen Prickett's Words and the 'Word' has had a major impact among scholars of literature and literary theory as well as among theologians and biblical critics. In this highly-acclaimed book Prickett pursues the question of the relationship between religion and poetics, and in particular the nature of religious language, investigating the… See more details below

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First published in 1986, Stephen Prickett's Words and the 'Word' has had a major impact among scholars of literature and literary theory as well as among theologians and biblical critics. In this highly-acclaimed book Prickett pursues the question of the relationship between religion and poetics, and in particular the nature of religious language, investigating the hermeneutic, epistemological and linguistic reverberations of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century theories of biblical interpretation. Winner of th M.L.A. Conference on Christianity and Literature Prize in 1987 (an award previously held by Northrop Frye, Owen Barfield and Umberto Eco) this important work is now available for the first time in paperback.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521368384
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1988
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsxi
Introduction1
1Ways of reading the Bible
The problem of the transparent text4
2'The peculiar language of heaven ...'
The religious and the poetic37
'Primal Consciousness' and linguistic change68
3Poetry and prophecy
The language of the Great Code95
The Book of Nature123
4The paradoxes of disconfirmation
Elijah and Dante: The Word and the 'Voice'149
Convention and realism: The shaking of the foundations174
5Metaphor and reality196
Notes243
Bibliography283
Index297

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