Is There a Meaning in This Text? The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge

ISBN-10: 0310324696
ISBN-13: 9780310324690
Edition: 2009
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 8/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.320

Kevin Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.James K. A. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Seminars in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College.Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.Kevin Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.James K. A. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Seminars in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College.Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.

Foreword
Preface to the Anniversary Edition
Preface
Introduction: Theology and Literary Theory
Faith Seeking Textual Understanding
Three parables on reading and reflection
Philosophy and literary theory: from Plato to postmodernity
Meaning and interpretation: the morality of literary knowledge
The three ages of criticism: the plan of the book
Augustinian hermeneutics
Undoing Interpretation: Authority, Allegory, Anarchy
Undoing the Author: Authority and Intentionality
Authorship and authority: the birth of the "author"
Undoing the author's authority
Undoing the author's intention
Has the Bible lost its voice?
Undoing the Book: Textuality and Indeterminacy
Demeaning meaning?
What is a text?
Meaning in Antioch and Alexandria
Textual indeterminacy: the rule of metaphor
Interpretive agnosticism?
Undoing the Reader: Contextuality and Ideology
The birth of the reader
The aims of reading: literary knowledge and human interests
Interpretive violence
Power reading and the politics of canon
Undoing biblical ideology
The ethics of undoing: the "new morality" of knowledge
Redoing Interpretation: Agency, Action, Affect
Resurrecting the Author: Meaning As Communicative Action
The physics of promising: from codes to communion
Dissenting voices: speech rehabilitation
The "what" of meaning: texts as communicative acts
The "who" of meaning: authors as communicative agents
Communicative action and the author's intention
Meaning and significance redivivus
Redeeming the Text: The Rationality of Literary Acts
Belief in meaning as properly basic: the nature of literary knowledge
The conflict of interpretations: the problem of literary knowledge
How to describe communicative acts: the norm of literary knowledge
Genre and communicative rationality: the method of literary knowledge
Reforming the Reader: Interpretive Virtue, Spirituality, and Communicative Efficacy
The reader as user, critic, and follower
Is exegesis without ideology possible?
Reader response and reader responsibility
Understanding and overstanding
The Spirit of understanding: discerning and doing the Word
The vocation of the reader: interpretation as discipleship
Conclusion: A Hermeneutics of the Cross
A Hermeneutics of Humility and Conviction
Trinitarian hermeneutics
The verbal icon and the authorial face
Hermeneutic humility and literary knowledge
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

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