Essays in this volume describe the shift in biblical exegesis within the last several decades from the interpretation of biblical texts as the outcome of historical development, or diachronic methodology, to the exploration of the text as the result of a reading process rather than a historical process, or synchronic methodology. Each essay examines a text from the Old or New Testament through the lens of one of the many modern synchronic methods used in postmodern literary interpretation. The methods discussed include ideology criticism, semantic and poetic analysis, cognitive linguistics, drama theory, narratology, deconstruction, and anthropology and intertextuality. The authors of this work challenge biblical scholars not to just perform exegesis, but to explore the methods and aims underlying their interpretations.
Patrick Chatelion Counet, Ph.D. (1995) in Biblical Theology, is Lecturer of the New Testament at the University of Nijmegen.
Ulrich Berges, Ph.D. (1988) in Biblical Theology, is Professor of Old Testament exegesis at the University of Nijmegen. He has published mainly on the books of Samuel, Isaiah, Lamentations, Psalms and Job.
It was quite a pleasure to read the volume, and in that sense this is a good reader or textbook to be used for the demonstration of new approaches in biblical studies, not only for students but also for scholars who want to get acquainted with some new approaches.' Raymond de Hoop,
Review of Biblical Literature, 2006
Professors and students interested in biblical exegesis of the Old and New Testament and the methodology of biblical exegesis.