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Mapping Myths of Biblical Interpretation (Playing the Texts)

Mapping Myths of Biblical Interpretation (Playing the Texts)

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Richard G. Walsh
Continuum International Publishing Group - Sheffie, 2001-03-01
EAN 9781841272047, ISBN10: 1841272043

Hardcover, 192 pages, 23.5 x 15.9 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

Ways in which uses of myth in biblical interpretation can both empower and marginalize. We cannot be fully conscious of the myths by which we live, but can come to play among them. Walsh explores the role that myth has played in the interpretation of the Bible. He sees myth as an empowering, structuring story used either for good or ill and either consciously or unconsciously controlling our world views. Walsh looks for both the empowerment and the marginalization effected by myth as the follows the word through its myriad meanings ('Grasping Proteus'), its use in various disciplines ('Procrustean Mythographers'), its distinctive uses in biblical interpretation ('Mything the Bible'), and, finally, the mythic character of interpretation itself ('The Myth of Interpretation'). The concluding chapter, 'Behind the Mythic Curve', muses on the difficulty of knowing the myths by which we live and reflects hopefully on the possibility of play among the myriad myths in a postmodern, pluralist world.