What Can Texts Do?: A Proposal for Biblical Studies

What Can Texts Do?: A Proposal for Biblical Studies

Dr. Brennan Breed Dr. Breed introduces us to the complexity of interpreting scripture in three "worlds:" the world behind the text, the world of the text, and--especially for Breed, at least--the world in front of the text. Along the way, he changes our question from "What does this text mean?" to "What has this text done?"
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Responses

Do Biblical Scholars Make Ideal Nomadologists?
Dr. Jeremy Schipper Dr. Schipper challenges whether most groups of biblical scholars would make an ideal group of nomadologists. Read more...
The Life of the Text
Dr. Bill Brown Dr. Brown brings us an analogy from the natural sciences to introduce his essay while also highlighting the inextricability of text and context. Read more...
Re/Use of Texts
Dr. Nyasha Junior Dr. Junior notes, "While the focus on White male scholars and White male scholarship may not be malicious, nonetheless, it is still part of the continued marginalization of scholars of color and their scholarship." Read more...
The Many-Sided Nature of the Text
Dr. Brennan Breed Dr. Breed argues that this conception of biblical authority and "biblical theology" is well suited for the new age into which the world, and the Church with it, is currently emerging. Read more...

Extras

Note from the Editor
Dr. Douglas discusses the importance of learning across disciplines, even while acknowledging the creative work by these Old Testament scholars. Read more...
Curriculum
This issue's curriculum allows space to discuss the benefits and limitations of various methods of interpretation. Lisle Gwynn Garrity is a senior MDiv student at Columbia Theological Seminary. Read more...