Cultural Interpretation
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Cultural Interpretation   -     By: Brian K. Blount

Cultural Interpretation

Augsburg Fortress / 1995 / Paperback

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Blount constructs an interpretation that provides basis for ethnographic and popular, as well as historical-critical, readings of the Biblical text.

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Title: Cultural Interpretation
By: Brian K. Blount
Format: Paperback
Vendor: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .75 (inches)
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 0800628594
ISBN-13: 9780800628598
Stock No: WW0628594

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Building on insights into the social functions of language, especially its interpersonal dimensions, Blount constructs a culturally sensitive model of interpretation that provides a sound basis for ethnographic and popular, as well as historical-critical, readings of the biblical text.

Blount's framework does more than acknowledge the inevitability of multiple interpretations; it foments them. His analysis demonstrates the social intent of every reading and shows the influence of communicative context in such diverse readings of the Bible as Rudolf Bultmann's, the peasants of Solentiname, the Negro spirituals, and black-church sermons. Then Blount turns to Mark's account of the trial of Jesus, where he shows how this hermeneutical scheme helps to assess the emergence and validity of multiple readings of the text and the figure of Jesus.

Blount's expansive interpretive proposal will help scholars and students open up the possibilities of the text without abandoning it.

Author Bio

Brian K. Blount is Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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