Semiology and Parables

An Exploration of the Possibilities Offered by Structuralism for Exegesis

Edited by Daniel Patte

Semiology and Parables

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  • ISBN: 9780915138111
  • Pages: 384
  • Publication Date: 6/15/2004
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60
Web Price: $29.60

Semiology and Parables

An Exploration of the Possibilities Offered by Structuralism for Exegesis

Edited by Daniel Patte

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  • ISBN: 9780915138111
  • Pages: 384
  • Publication Date: 6/15/2004
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60

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"This book consists of the papers presented at a conference on "Semiology and Parable" held at Vanderbilt University. What is striking, once they are gathered together in one volume, is their unity beneath the diversity of approaches, methods, and theoretical and ideological backgrounds. This unity is not an homogeneity based upon some orthodox interpretation of parables, whatever their sources. Rather it is the product of a consistent network of problems, an open field of reading and research, a great variety of paths traced among texts but all merging toward a few nodal points that are the loci not of solutions but of fundamental questions concerning textual understanding and interpretation. We are confronted with three types of questions: in the domain of methods and technical procedures, we have the problem of the transfer of structural analysis and semiotic models from myths to parables; in that of disciplines, the relationships of anthropology, history, and semiology; and at last, in that of the philosophical presuppositions implied in any textual analysis, the status of meaning and reference, the theory of reading and interpretation, the question of textual indeterminacy and interpretive determinations. It is easy to identify in such a network the basic questions of our time regarding texts and their "meaning-effect." But by embracing them in the study of a specific and complex kind of narrative rather than debating general problems in a "programmatic" way, the participants to the conference made valuable contributions both to their respective fields of interest and to a more rigorous analysis of certain literary texts."

Louis Marin

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Daniel Patte

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Daniel Patte's interest in hermeneutics and in theories of communication, structuralism, and semiotics led him to pay special attention to The Religious Dimensions of Biblical Texts and, in particular, those of Paul's letters and Matthew. His involvement as General Editor of Semeia: An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism of the Society of Biblical Literature (1992-98), and his concern for moral responsibility led him to a practice of "Scriptural Criticism." He illustrated the practice of Scriptural Criticism in The Challenge of Discipleship, in the co-authored books with M. Stubbs, J. Ukpong, and R. Velunta, The Gospel of Matthew: A Contextual Introduction for Group Study, with the seventy scholars around the world of the Global Bible Commentary; and the ten volumes book series Romans Through History and Cultures for which he was Co-General Editor (with C. Grenholm). He was the General Editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, which seeks to make understandable the complexity of present-day Christianity by clarifying the contextual character of Christian theological views, practices and movements through history and cultures.

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