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Reading the Bible Ethically: Recovering the Voice in the Text
Douglass, Eric

Leiden: Brill, 2014 pp. 301. Ä115,00

Series Information
Biblical Interpretation Series, 133


Description: All interpretive systems deal with the author. Modern systems consider the text to be autonomous, so that it is disconnected from the authorís interests. In Reading the Bible Ethically, Eric Douglass reconsiders this connection. His central argument is that the author is a subject who reproduces her culture and her subjectivity in the text. As the author reproduces her subjectivity, the text functions as the authorís voice. This allows Douglass to apply ethical principles to interpretation, where that voice is treated as a subject for conversation, and not an object for manipulation. He uses this to texture the reading process, so that an initial reading takes account of the authorís communication, while a second reading critiques that communication.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics, Other Methods

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Review by Walter Brueggemann
Published 7/28/2016
Citation: Walter Brueggemann, review of Eric Douglass, Reading the Bible Ethically: Recovering the Voice in the Text, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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