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Overview This provocative book pursues a series of questions associated with canons of the Bible. Aichele draws deeply on the insights of poststructuralist literary theory as he pursues these questions. He also engages in close readings of specific biblical and nonbiblical texts to demonstrate ways that canon controls the meanings of its texts.
Publishers Description This provocative book pursues a series of questions associated with canon(s) of the Bible. How does the canon influence the meaning of the texts of which it is composed? Could texts be "liberated" from the canon, and what would this liberation do to them or to the canon? What does the biblical canon signify about its constituent texts? What does canonical status imply about texts that are included in the Bible, as well as texts that are excluded from it? How does a canon a cultural and ideological product influence or create ideology and culture? In The Control of Biblical Meaning, George Aichele draws deeply on the insights of postructuralist literary theory as he pursues these questions. He also engages in close readings of specific biblical and nonbiblical texts to demonstrate ways that canon controls the meanings of its texts. With dazzling skill, Aichele interrogates the form and function of canon as a mechanism that both reveals and conceals texts from its readers. George Aichele teaches at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. He is the author of Sign, Text, Scripture: Semiotics and the Bible and Jesus Framed and is a contributor to The Postmodern Bible. For: Advanced undergraduates; graduate students; biblical scholars; course text>
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Studio: Trinity Press International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2001
Publisher Trinity Press International
ISBN 1563383330 ISBN13 9781563383335
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More About George Aichele
George Aichele is a member of the Bible and Culture Collective, the collaborative author of The Postmodern Bible. He is also the author of Sign Text Scripture and The Control of Biblical Meaning and co-editor with Walsh of Screening Scripture. Richard Walsh is Professor of Religion at Methodist College in Fayettevile, North Carolina, and is the author of Reading the Gospels in the Dark and co-editor with Aichele of Screening Scripture.
George Aichele currently resides in the state of Michigan.
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Coming to terms with canon Feb 5, 2007
Aichele provides a picture of the post-modern reader in dialogue with sacred canon as context for sacred text. His emphasis is the Christian canon, inclusive of Hebrew texts. But his appeal reaches persons of faith, in general. More narrowly, Aichele's richest debates may rest among exegetes and apologists who enter the debate of context and text from one of many Christian perspectives. Numerous component parts of his picture disclose what you are likely to have heard or read before, for example: (1) the author's intended meaning is of little concern, (2) logocentrism is severely limited, and (3) an "arche" has been lost to the post-modern reader. What might be new to many readers will be Aichele's analysis of the "classic" (references to Kermode and Tracy abound), as the "classic" relates to the sacred canon of Hebrew and Christian scriptures. For readers familiar with Tracy and Kermode, Aichele's text is essential reading. For others who resist applying alternative interpretive schemes to sacred canon, such as schemes in favor or against applying doctrines of scientism or Marxism or feminism, etc., this text will trouble. Trouble illuminates Aichele's thesis, which invites readers to debate how sacred canon has constructed the meaning(s) of texts in the canon. That the trouble of constructed meaning and imperial hegemony is a post-Reformation-age phenomenon, and fueld by technological advances that Aichele identifies, only adds to the speculation about whether the sacred canon can even survive. Speculators will not want to miss reading this text. They, too, must decide whether the canon has exerted such control, and to what extent the control exerted by the canon discloses a culture that no longer can speak to the post-modern reader.
Responds to a series of key and seminal questions Jun 9, 2001
In his insightful and scholarly new book, The Control Of Biblical Meaning: Canon As Semiotic Mechanism, George Aichele (Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan) presents and responds to a series of key and seminal questions associated with the canon of the Bible. Professor Aichele is articulate and informative as he examines how the canon influences the meaning of the texts which compose it; whether texts can be "liberated" from the canon and what such liberation would do to both them and to the canon that contains them; what canonical status implies about the texts included in the Bible (as well as texts that excluded); and how canon influences or creates ideology and culture within the Christian community. The Control Of Biblical Meaning is fascinating, erudite treatise that is both "user friendly" and very highly recommended for personal as well as academically oriented biblical studies curriculum supplementation and reading lists.