Chasing the Eastern Star: Adventures in Biblical Reader Response Criticism
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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2001
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
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Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old TestamentEdited by G.K. Beale & D.A. CarsonBaker Academic / 2007 / Hardcover$36.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 15 Reviews
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Emphasizing meaning as "effect" rather than merely "message," Mark Allan Powell shows how biblical texts may legitimately take on multiple meanings in a variety of contexts. The first part of the book uses examples drawn from popular literature and culture to engage in a practical way the kinds of questions that scholars bring to their study of the Bible. The second part is devoted to approaching the Gospel of Matthew as a work of literature that readers may enter--and be affected by--as they might any other kind of text. The third part is an extended study of one passage from Matthew's Gospel, the story of the Magi, in which Powell finds an excellent opportunity to teach readers to engage in--and to challenge!--the enterprise of biblical scholarship.
Eva ScottGreensboro, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Scholarly work, not a light readJuly 11, 2011Eva ScottGreensboro, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I will tell you right up front that I have just received this book, just started reading it, and have not completed it. However, I have skimmed through the book, and what I have read so far is why I purchased it - to look into how different people view the study of the Bible, as I teach many people the Bible who have never studied it before.
The reason I'm doing this review now is to let potential purchasers know that this book is the author's thesis work or at least looks like that type of work. It includes an extensive note section as well as a short rebuttal section for anyone he quotes in the book in a way that may seem unfavorable. (I thought that was classy.)
It does not seem to be a "dry" work with what I've read so far. The print is extremely small. (This is the main reason I did not give it the highest rating for "meets expectations.") So, you will need your reading glasses if you use those. I'm near-sighted and did not have that concern with the book. However, I still enjoy reading when the font type is larger. It helps me not lose my place in my reading when things are too crowded.
If you are looking for a scholarly-type work, then this is a book you will like.
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