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By Eryl W. Davies

This advisor for the at a loss for words will exhibit how smooth biblical students have expressed dissatisfaction with a one-sided historical-critical method of biblical texts and feature argued that advancements in secular literary idea may be utilized in religious study. while the historical-critical technique used to be interested in the instant of a text's creation (authorship, date, position of writing etc), the literary procedure is anxious with the instant of the text's reception. Eryl W. Davies indicates how and why techniques similar to ‘reader-response criticism', ‘feminist criticism', ‘ideological criticism', ‘canonical feedback' and ‘post-colonial feedback' at the moment are rising in popularity in lots of quarters. the quantity explains to the uninitiated in a readable and obtainable shape how innovations initially derived from secular literary feedback were followed via biblical students so one can comprehend the textual content of Scripture and to understand its relevance.

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Indd 31 11/9/2012 4:50:01 AM 32 BIBLICAL CRITICISM: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED of Mark’s gospel) helpfully fills in the gap for us by informing us that Jesus, the same day, ‘went out of the house’ and sat beside the sea (Mt. 1). 7–12). Again, the reader is expected to fi ll in the gap in the text: was there a connection, we wonder, between the plot against Jesus and his withdrawal to the sea? Here, too, Matthew fills in the gap by removing any doubt: ‘When Jesus became aware of this, he departed’ (Mt.

In this case, the reader must fi ll in the gap and subconsciously visualize the physical movement of Jesus from one location to another. indd 31 11/9/2012 4:50:01 AM 32 BIBLICAL CRITICISM: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED of Mark’s gospel) helpfully fills in the gap for us by informing us that Jesus, the same day, ‘went out of the house’ and sat beside the sea (Mt. 1). 7–12). Again, the reader is expected to fi ll in the gap in the text: was there a connection, we wonder, between the plot against Jesus and his withdrawal to the sea?

For some literary critics, this shift proved to be a liberating experience, for the tyranny of the text was replaced by the freedom of the individual reader, who now became the sole arbiter of the text’s meaning; for others, it proved to be a retrograde step, since it doomed the text to a veritable kaleidoscope of unstable interpretations. But the change in emphasis brought with it a heightened awareness of precisely what was involved in the act of reading, and it had the salutary effect of making the reader more self-conscious of his or her own response to the text.

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