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People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture [Paperback]

By David Lyle Jeffrey (Author)
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PEOPLE OF THE BOOK has been referred as powerfully concieved and compellingly argued across an impressive range of historical examples. This book seeks to restore Western literary culture to its most sustained fountainhead, the Bible, and by so doing to restore depth and moral autjority to literature itself.

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In this book David Lyle Jeffrey seeks to characterize illustratively the historical commitment of Christianity to the literacy and literature of Western culture. Against postmodernist tendencies to deride the historical commitment to meaning in Western art and literature as a regressive "logocentrism," Jeffrey argues that the biblical tradition-the cultural and literary identity forged among Western Christians by virtue of being a "People of the Book"-has in fact given rise to Western literacy. Jeffrey looks at the Christian "grand narrative" as it is reflected in Western literature, making apt use of the visual arts by incorporating a series of twenty-eight black-and-white illustrations that enrich and fortify the story it tells.

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People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture by David Lyle Jeffrey has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 09/01/1996 page 38
  • Books & Culture - 01/01/2002 page 34

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802841775  
ISBN13  9780802841773  

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David Lyle Jeffrey is Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities and Provost at Baylor University. Jeffrey earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is the author or editor of 12 books including "A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature" (1992) and "People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture" (1996).

David Lyle Jeffrey has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  2. Scripture and Hermeneutics

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Amazing  Oct 22, 2004
Jeffrey contends that Christianity has not historically embraced logocentrism, and his book is a brilliant survey of the ways that Christians have historically read texts. Beginning with the Bible and moving through the entire history of Western literature, he demonstrates that Christian readers have traditionally embraced polysemous meaning in both sacred and secular texts; it was not until very late that Westerners decided that words had absolute referents that could be fully understood. Jeffrey's final chapter and epilogue on the penitent reader is a serious challenge to both Enlightenment and postmodern hermeneutics.

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