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  • Publisher: Acumen Publishing
  • Online publication date: April 2014
  • Print publication year: 2012
  • Online ISBN: 9781844658817

Book description

Power and Responsibility in Biblical Interpretation addresses the interpretive challenges now facing much biblical interpretation. Incorporating the methodologies of poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and liberation theology, the study presents a possible methodology which integrates scholarly and vernacular hermeneutics. The approach is based on the theories of Edward Said, adapting his concept of contrapuntal reading to the interpretation of Job. The book sets this study in the broader context of a survey of current work in the field. The analysis of Job examines the possibilities for dialogue between those interpretations that view suffering as a key theme in the book and those that do not. Interpretations of the Book of Job are then compared to the psychology of suffering as experienced in various contexts today. The conclusion argues for pedagogical reform based upon the ethical and interpretive insights of contrapuntal hermeneutics.


"This book is a breath of fresh air. Nelson does the important work of contrapuntally engaging the many vernacular and academic readings of the book of Job in the two-thirds world. It is an immensely valuable resource for understanding how the suffering of Job speaks to oppression and suffering in a global context.'"

Erin Runions

"A fascinating and illuminating account of how Said's idea of contrapuntal reading works with biblical texts. Combining rigorous theoretical analysis with striking practical examples, the book offers innovative strategies where mainstream and marginal reading practices can work productively in globalized interpretative contexts. This timely and challenging work will certainly change the way one thinks about biblical interpretation.'"

R.S. Sugirtharajah

"Power and Responsibility in Biblical Interpretation offers us Said's contrapuntal mode of re-reading as a resource with which 'to include dissenting voices in the dominant discourses with the aim of decentring the dominant' and it shows us what this mode of reading might accomplish.'"

Gerald West

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