A Theology of Literature: The Bible as Revelation in the Tradition of the Humanities

A Theology of Literature: The Bible as Revelation in the Tradition of the Humanities

by William Franke


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ISBN-13: 9781532611025
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

William Franke is a philosopher of the humanities and a professor of comparative literature at Vanderbilt University. He has also been Professor of Philosophy at the University of Macao (2013-2016); Fulbright-University of Salzburg Distinguished Chair in Intercultural Theology and the Study of Religion; and an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung research fellow. His single-authored books have been published by the university presses of Chicago, Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio State, and the State University of New York.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction From the Bible as Literature to Literature as Theology 1

Chapter 1 The Bible's Place in the Tradition of the Humanities 5

I Word of God Become Flesh

II The Ongoing Process of Translation as a Dialogue Among Cultures

III Translating the Past into Living Tradition

Chapter 2 The Genesis Myth: Existence as Revelation 14

I The Archetypal Dimension of Significance

II Layers of Tradition in the Creation Story

III Creation by the Word-Theory and Theology

Chapter 3 Tire Exodus Epic: History and Ritual 28

I Defining a Literary Genre

II Discerning the Original Event

III Ongoing Interpretive Re-Actualization

Chapter 4 The Prophetic Voice: Inspired Interpretation of Historical Destiny 43

I Prophecy and the Genres of Revelation

II Oracular Form and Poetic Power in Isaiah

III The Raptures of Isaiah-Their Influence Down to Jesus and Beyond

IV From Prophecy to Apocalyptic

Chapter 5 The Writing of Revelation: Witness and Address 59

I Human Voice and Self-Expression

II Existential Crisis in Ecclesiastes

III The Song of the Senses

IV The Psalms as Israel's Hymnal

V Job and Poetry

VI Theoretical-Theological Conclusion

Chapter 6 The Gospel Truth: Personal Knowing and Miracle 81

I An Uncanny Literary Genre

II Multifaceted Narration and Nuance in the Experience of Truth

III The Gospels Begin from Easter

Conclusion The Bible as Exemplary Humanities Text 94

Bibliography 97

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