Autobiographical Biblical Criticism

Between Text and Self

The autobiographical turn in biblical criticism reveals the interpreter’s “I” and reclaims it as an essential critical category, issuing a challenge to traditional, “objective” criticism. Pioneers in the field have contributed essays both practical and theoretical. They offer stimulating autobiographical re-readings of Hebrew Bible and New Testament texts, and address hermeneutical issues that are at stake in this young field of criticism.

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Ingrid Rosa Kitzberger has published widely in feminist interpretation and reader response criticism. She is the editor of The Personal Voice in Biblical Interpretation (Routledge, 1999).
“Kitzberger provides us with an excellent entry into this new realm of criticism. It is a must reading for all those interested not only in the power of texts upon lives and lives upon texts but also in the ongoing shape and direction of the field.” – Fernando F. Segovia “Lively writing, fascinating footnotes, and clear-headed analysis put this volume on the ‘Method’ shelf of every biblical scholar interested in interpretive integrity” – Carole R. Fontaine, Religious Studies Review “Provides an excellent encounter with the means and outcomes of autobiographical criticism for beginners and established scholars alike” – H.A. McKay, JSOT “A varied collection which offers plenty of food for thought” – Richard Coggins, Expository Times