Theorizing Scriptures: New Critical Orientations to a by Vincent Wimbush

By Vincent Wimbush

Traditionally, spiritual scriptures are outlined as holy texts which are thought of to be past the skills of the layperson to interpret. Their content material is most often analyzed via clerics who don't query the underlying political or social implications of the textual content, yet use the writing to show messages to their congregations approximately how one can stay a holy lifestyles. In Western society, additionally, what counts as scripture is quite often constrained to the Judeo-Christian Bible, leaving the voices of minorities, in addition to the holy texts of faiths from Africa and Asia, for instance, unheard. during this cutting edge selection of essays that goals to show the conventional bible-study definition of scriptures on its head, Vincent L. Wimbush leads an in-depth examine the social, cultural, and racial meanings invested in those texts. members hail from a big selection of educational fields and geographic destinations and contain such famous lecturers as Susan Harding, Elisabeth Shüssler Fiorenza, and William L. Andrews. Purposefully transgressing disciplinary limitations, this formidable booklet opens the door to diversified interpretations and demanding orientations, and in doing so, permits an finally humanist definition of scriptures to emerge.

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Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (New York: McGraw Hill, 1964). 5. Bell, “A Precious Raft,” 158. 2 Signifying Revelation in Islam Tazim R. Kassam The wider context of this essay is to bring about an epistemic shift in theorizing about “scriptures” by making transparent the signifying process and by calling into question the methods and activities by which (scriptural) meaning is made and legitimated. ” Such a venture invokes the broader question of how to relate to scriptural language given the sacred status that it enjoys.

16. See the publication of most of the presentations from the 1999 international conference in Vincent L. , with the assistance of Rosamond C. , New York: Continuum, 2001). 17. Gates, The Signifying Monkey. 18. Charles Long, Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion (Minneapolis: Fortress Press,1986). 19. Geneva Smitherman, Talkin’ That Talk: Language, Culture, and Education in African America (New York: Routledge, 2001). 18 V i n c e n t L . W i m bu s h 20. Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, “Signifying as a Form of Verbal Art,” now found in several collections, including Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of AfroAmerican Folklore, ed.

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