Chapter 8 #John: Author-Names in Revelation and Other New Testament Texts

In: Biblical Exegesis without Authorial Intention?
Clarissa Breu
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This chapter deals with the question of in what ways an author-name can be part of exegesis in the aftermath of Derrida’s and Foucault’s theories on authorship. It compares the function of an author-name to hashtags that do not point directly to an author’s intention as the origin of a text’s meaning. Instead, they situate an individual author in a larger referential system and thus classify different texts under the label of an author-name. They work without the original author and his or her intentions. The paper applies this theoretical framework to the name “John” in the Apocalypse of John. In a second step, the same framework is tested on other (author-) names in New Testament texts like the “Beloved Disciple” in John, the name “Paul” in pseudepigraphic letters and the label “Theophilus” in Luke and Acts. All in all, the chapter investigates possible ways to integrate postmodern theories of authorship into exegetical discourse.

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Biblical Exegesis without Authorial Intention?

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Authorship and Meaning

Series:  Biblical Interpretation Series, Volume: 172