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The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto
Moore, Stephen D. and Yvonne Sherwood

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011 pp. xiv + 138. $22


Description: What is a "biblical scholar"? Stephen D. Moore and Yvonne Sherwood provide a thoroughly defamiliarizing and frequently entertaining re–description of this peculiar academic species and its odd disciplinary habitat. The modern—and—biblical scholar, they argue, is a product of the Enlightenment. Even when a biblical scholar imagines that she is doing something else entirely (something confessional, theoretical, literary, or even postmodern), she is sustaining Enlightened modernity and its effects. This study poses questions for scholars across the humanities concerned with the question of the religious and the secular. It also poses pressing questions for scholars and students of biblical interpretation: What other forms might biblical criticism have taken? What untried forms might biblical criticism yet take?

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

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Review by Matthew V. Novenson
Published 12/20/2013
Citation: Matthew V. Novenson, review of Stephen D. Moore and Yvonne Sherwood, The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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