The Bible After Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age

The Bible After Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age

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By (author) John J. Collins

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 18mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802828922
  • ISBN 13: 9780802828927
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 303,694

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Biblical scholars today often sound as if they are caught in the aftermath of Babel - a clamor of voices unable to reach common agreement. Yet is this confusion necessarily a bad thing? Many postmodern critics see the recent profusion of critical approaches as a welcome opportunity for the emergence of diverse new techniques. In The Bible after Babel noted biblical scholar John J. Collins considers the effect of the postmodern situation on biblical, primarily Old Testament, criticism over the last three decades. Engaging and even-handed, Collins examines the quest of historical criticism to objectively establish a text's basic meaning. Accepting that the Bible may no longer provide secure "foundations" for faith, Collins still highlights its ethical challenge to be concerned for "the other" - a challenge central both to Old Testament ethics and to the teaching of Jesus.

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John J Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Criticism at Yale Divinity School and has served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature and of the Catholic Biblical Association. His previous books include The Apocalyptic Imagination and Between Athens and Jerusalem.

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Biblical scholars today often sound as if they are caught in the aftermath of Babel -- a clamor of voices unable to reach common agreement. Yet is this confusion necessarily a bad thing? Many postmodern critics see the recent profusion of critical approaches as a welcome opportunity for the emergence of diverse new techniques. In "The Bible after Babel" noted biblical scholar John J. Collins considers the effect of the postmodern situation on biblical, primarily Old Testament, criticism over the last three decades. Engaging and even-handed, Collins examines the quest of historical criticism to objectively establish a text's basic meaning. Accepting that the Bible may no longer provide secure "foundations" for faith, Collins still highlights its ethical challenge to be concerned for "the other" -- a challenge central both to Old Testament ethics and to the teaching of Jesus.