Canons in Conflict: Negotiating Texts in True and False by James E. Brenneman

By James E. Brenneman

During this new learn, James Brenneman confronts the problem of conflicting canons with complete strength, incorporating insights won from either literary and biblical disciplines at the query of canon. He starts with an illuminating journey via modern literary thought from Hans Robert Jauss to Stanley Fish, and present discussions in theology in regards to the canon. He is going directly to a attention of precise and fake prophesy, with a close exam of the 3 it seems that conflicting types of the previous testomony "swords into plowshares" prophesy, as present in Isaiah 2:2-4,5; Joel 4:9-12 (Eng. 3:9-12); and Micah 4:1-5. Suggesting that the dynamics controlling the method for negotiating among contradictory readings of prophetic texts are similar to these at paintings in adjudicating among canons in clash, Brenneman concludes through pointing the best way in the direction of an integrative procedure acceptable to the query of canon and authority in a "post-modern" pluralistic context.

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And these are only a few of the intrabiblical dialogues one might mention. One needs also to recognize the measure of pluralism in the doublets and triplets in the Bible, the same thing told in quite different ways, making different even contradicting points,2 (emphasis added) Acknowledging the Bible's "self-contradictions" still sends discomfort through the ranks of many who read the Bible as Scripture. 3 Thisfondnessfor smoothing out contradictory texts lies at the doorstep of fundamentalists of both religious and secular mettle.

As such, discourse entails many factors: the sequence in which events are related; die use of irony, repetition, and symbolism; and so on. A reader must reconstruct the meaning of the narrative not only in view of its content but also keeping in mind the particular way in which it is told—its hermencutical thrust. One can conclude from such observations that stories that contain the same basic events, characters, and settings may be told in ways that produce radically different narrative meanings.

LXX and MT). All this frustrated the assured results of those seeking to reconstruct autograph texts and also undermined the confidence of claims for a definitive shape of the canon. 19 The study of lists of books gave way to the study of the measure of authority that an ancient community exercised in the context of its use of a tradition. " Externally, the adaptability of canons of tradition to the needs of differing or competing communities became exposed. "20 Far from lamenting such intrabiblical pluralism, Sanders celebrates it as primary to the Bible's continuing value among believing communities.

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