Cultural Interpretation

Reorienting New Testament Criticism

By Brian K. Blount

Cultural Interpretation

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  • ISBN: 9781592447619
  • Pages: 232
  • Publication Date: 7/9/2004
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60
Web Price: $21.60

Cultural Interpretation

Reorienting New Testament Criticism

By Brian K. Blount

paperback-logo

PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592447619
  • Pages: 232
  • Publication Date: 7/9/2004
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60

About-

Building on insights into the social functions of language, especially its interpersonal dimensions, Blount constructs a culturally sensitive model of interpretation that provides a sound basis for ethnographic and popular, as well as historical-critical, readings of the biblical text.

Blount's framework does more than acknowledge the inevitability of multiple interpretations; it foments them. His analysis demonstrates the social intent of every reading and shows the influence of communicative context in such diverse readings of the Bible as Rudolf Bultmann's, the peasants of Solentiname, the Negro spirituals, and black-church sermons. Then Blount turns to Mark's account of the trial of Jesus, where he shows how this hermeneutical scheme helps to assess the emergence and validity of multiple readings of the text and the figure of Jesus.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"A well-conceived, thoroughly researched, and elegantly written work, 'Cultural Interpretation' establishes Blount as a sophisticated voice with new and provocative challenges for church, academy, and culture. As a demonstration of the power of sociolinguistics for 'de-centering' and establishing the cultural variability of biblical interpretation, his book has far-reaching ramifications for biblical scholarship.... Required reading for all serious students of the Bible."

Vincent L. Wimbush, Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University

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Brian K. Blount

Bio(s)-

Brian K. Blount is Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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