Hermeneutics and the Authority of Scripture

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-30
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The question of hermeneutics now dominates all disciplines of human knowledge and its construction. It has moved from a concentration on how to apply the results of research knowledge to considerations of the frameworks by which we conduct research as a meaningful exercise. The study of the Bible is not exempt from these developments. The essays in this collection amply testify to the breadth of frameworks that are now being applied to the Bible and the development of ethical awareness in the construction of knowledge. The reader will find engagements with the Bible informed by developments in science, law, ecology, feminism and linguistics. Key ethical issues about violence, fundamentalism, anti-semitism and patriarchy are directly addressed as inextricably involved in the interpretation of the Bible, on the understanding that both Bible and interpreter must be responsible and accountable in todays world. Critical analysis of the Bible is no different, even when there is a pre-disposition or confessional commitment to treat the bible as sacred scripture. Biblical research is inextricably affected by those epistemologies and ethical sensitivities that inform understanding and the search for meaning in our contemporary world.

Author Biography

Alan H Cadwallader is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Australian Catholic University in Canberra and author of Beyond the World of a Woman, ATF Press, 2008.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Women, Authority and the Bible: Ecological Feminist Considerationsp. 1
Interpreting Scripture / Interpreting Lawp. 11
Hermeneutics and the Authority of Theology: Fusing the Horizons of Hermeneutics and Polanyian Personal Knowledgep. 21
The Authority of the Bible, the Flood Story, and Problematic Images of Godp. 29
The Characterisation of God in Lamentationsp. 49
The Reappropriation of the 'Old' Testament as the Key to Hermeneutical and Ecclesial Renewalp. 65
Approaching the New Testament as Source of Faith and Witness to Faithp. 79
Dog-throttling: Nineteenth Century dogmatic / cultural constructions of the Syrophoenician Womanp. 97
Imposing the Silence of Women: A Suggestion about the Date of the Interpolation in 1 Corinthiansp. 125
Cohesion and Prominence in the Expository Discourse of Colossiansp. 139
List of Contributorsp. 155
Index of Biblical References and Ancient Textsp. 157
Index of Modern Authorsp. 163
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