While postmodernism remains an ambiguous and messy phenomenon to represent, it also remains a compelling prophetic voice in the ongoing development of contemporary biblical studies. In
Critical Entanglements: Postmodern Theory and Biblical Studies, Andrew P. Wilson tracks the various strands of postmodernism threaded through the discipline, drawing on a range of evocative biblical readings as well as key examples from the art world. Wilson demonstrates that the scholarly “entanglement” with postmodern theory provides a valuable critical sensibility to biblical readings, and referring to specific examples from reception history, one that has the potential to showcase biblical studies at its best. When it comes to reading practices, scholarly voices and identities, postmodern theory shows that biblical scholarship is ethically oriented and has an expansive sense of the text and textual effects. Wilson plots the distinctive ways in which postmodern theory has shaped scholarship of the bible while continuing to beckon in unanticipated ways from unexpected vantage points.
Andrew P. Wilson is Associate Professor of Western Religions at Mount Allison University in Canada. His first book, Transfigured (2008), combined a reading of Marks’ Transfiguration scene with works by Jacques Derrida. His current research draws together interests in Christianity, textuality and cultural reception.
Critical Entanglements: Postmodern Theory in Biblical Studies Andrew P. Wilson
Abstract Keywords Introduction: Biblical Studies and Postmodern Theory in 2019
1 What Is Postmodernism and Why Is It Important?
2 François Lyotard and the “Grand Narrative”
3 Postmodernism, the Biblical Studies Version
4 Reception History and the Postmodern Approach
Conclusion: Looking Forward, Looking Back