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Rhetoric and Ethic: The Politics of Biblical Studies [Paperback]

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Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 11, 2000
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800627954  
EAN  9780800627959  


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In this major study, leading feminist biblical critic Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza continues to explore the paradigm shift underway in biblical studies. Focusing on Paul and his interpreters, she questions the apolitical ethos of biblical scholarship and argues for an alternative rooted in a critical understanding of language as a form of power. Only then, she contends, will biblical studies be "a significant partner in the global struggles seeking justice and well-being for all."

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In this major study, leading feminist biblical critic Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza focuses on Paul and his interpreters. She questions the apolitical ethos of biblical scholarship and argues for an alternative rooted in a critical understanding of language as a form of power. Modern biblical criticism, she reasons, derives much of its methodology and inspiration from an outdated notion of modern science. It professes value-neutrality and detachment from the world of politics and history. Yet, Schussler Fiorenza maintains, this posture belies an objectivity that fails to engage the sociopolitical context of both the text and today's reader. It also does not recognize the rhetorical character of biblical texts and readings. If language is understood in the sense of ancient rhetorics as a form of power that constitutes reality, then an ethics of interpretation is called for. The task of biblical studies is to identify and assess the ethical resources and moral visions of biblical religions. "Only then," Schussler Fiorenza contends, "will bibical studies be a significant partner in the global struggles seeking justice and well-being for all."

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More About Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza & Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, is Krister Stendahl Professor of Scripture and Interpretation at Harvard Divinity School, and a founding coeditor of Feminist Studies in Religion. She is the author of many books, including "Bread Not Stone" and "But She Said." She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza currently resides in Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts.

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Essential Reading  May 8, 2003
A discussion of ethics as language and language as power should be a component of any introductory course on ethics as well as a substantive part of any discussion of contemporary ethics. "Rhetoric and Ethic" makes a significant contribution to that discussion, particularly the emerging field of constructivist ethics. While it may prove too difficult for the undergraduate reader, instructors of theology and ethics at all levels should be thoroughly familiar with its claims and able to incoprporate them into class discussions.

This book is a challenge to the still largely unquestioned assumption that biblical ethics can only be understood as a form of moral realism or ontological ethics. It also challenges current trends in social ethics that assume that justice means only one thing with obvious demands. Values are not universally understood to mean the same thing or require the same things of us. "Rhetoric and Ethic" gives theologians and others interested in formulating shared commitments without the trap of assumed universality an invaluable tool.

 

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