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Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History
Breed, Brennan W.

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014 pp. xii + 299. $60.00

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Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature


Description: Brennan W. Breed claims that biblical interpretation should focus on the shifting capacities of the text, viewing it as a dynamic process rather than a static product. Rather than seeking to determine the original text and its meaning, Breed proposes that scholars approach the production, transmission, and interpretation of the biblical text as interwoven elements of its overarching reception history. Grounded in the insights of contemporary literary theory, this approach alters the framing questions of interpretation from “What does this text mean?” to “What can this text do?”

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Other History

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Review by Jay Twomey
Published 2/8/2016
Citation: Jay Twomey, review of Brennan W. Breed, Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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