Chasing the Eastern Star: Adventures in Biblical Reader Response Criticism
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This book is about how people read the Bible. It starts with the rather obvious observation that different people read the Bible differently and inquires why this is so. It ends with what I hope are less-than-obvious conclusions reguarding the significance and implications of such diversity. Significance for what? Well, mainly, for reading...but also for interpretation (espcially biblical interpretation)...and for theology.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0664222781
ISBN-13: 9780664222789

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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.

Author Bio

Mark Allan Powell is Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

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