ISBN-10:
0800628128
ISBN-13:
9780800628123
Pub. Date:
02/01/1995
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Reading from This Place, Volume 1: Social Location & Biblical Interpretation in the U.S.

Reading from This Place, Volume 1: Social Location & Biblical Interpretation in the U.S.

by Fernando Segovia, Mary Ann TolbertFernando Segovia

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Overview

Are some readings of the Bible more objective than others? More privileged? More true? How does one's own life situation shape one's reading of the text? What will acknowledgment of the validity of a variety of perspectives mean for historical-critical methods of interpretation?

The present dizzying pluralism of "locations" not only of ethnicity, class, and gender, but also of social and religious standpoints presents a daunting challenge to older, mainstream interpretive schemes. In this landmark project, Segovia, Tolbert, and their fifteen other contributors have begun to measure the impact of social location on the theory and practice of biblical interpretation.

This volume signals the critical legitimation of reading strategies that supplement or modify or even in some ways dethrone the historical-critical paradigm that has dominated academic biblical studies for 200 years. It provides immediate and enduring guidance to scholars and students sorting through the complex epistemological, social, historical, and religious questions that issue from this paradigm shift.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800628123
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/1995
Series: Reading from This Place , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Fernando F. Segovia is Professor of New Testament and early Christian Literature at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee. Mary Ann Tolbert is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Introduction

"And They Began to Speak in Other Tongues": Competing Modes of Discourse in Contemporary Biblical Criticism

Fernando F. Segovia

PART ONE: SOCIAL LOCATION AND HERMENEUTICS

Acknowledging the Contextual Character of Male, European-American Critical Exegeses: An Androcritical Perspective

Daniel Patte

Toward a Hermeneutics of the Diaspora: A Hermeneutics of Otherness and Engagement

Fernando F. Segovia

Social Location and the Hermeneutical Mode of Integration

Herman C. Waetjen

Reading Texts as Reading Ourselves: A Chapter in the History of African-American Biblical Interpretation

Vincent L. Wimbush

The Author/Text/Reader and Power: Suggestions for a Critical Framework for Biblical Studies

Gale A. Yee

PART TWO: CONTESTATIONS: SOCIAL LOCATIONS IN CONFLICT

They're Nothing but Incestuous Bastards: The Polemical Use of Sex and Sexuality in Hebrew Canon Narratives

Randall C. Bailey

Reading from My Bicultural Place: Acts 6:1-7

Justo L. Gonzalez

"By the Rivers of Babylon": Exile as a Way of Life

Ada María Isasi-Díaz

Reading the Cornelius Story from an Asian Immigrant Perspective

Chan-Hie Kim

"Hemmed in on Every Side": Jews and Women in the Book of Susanna

Amy-Jill Levine

"And I Will Strike Her Children Dead": Death and the Deconstruction of Social Location

Tina Pippin

Solidarity and Contextuality: Readings of Matthew 18:21-35

Sharon H. Ringe

A Second Step in African Biblical Interpretation: A Generic Reading Analysis of Acts 8:26-40

Abraham Smith

PART THREE: SOCIAL LOCATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Uninflected Therefore of Hosea 4:1-3

Walter Brueggemann

Framing Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary: A Student Self-Inventory on Biblical Hermeneutics

Norman K. Gottwald

Reading for Liberation

Mary Ann Tolbert

The God of Jesus in the Gospel Sayings Source

Antoinette Clark Wire

Afterwords

The Politics and Poetics of Location

Mary Ann Tolbert

Index of Names

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