In a move away from what has been referred to in critical scholarship as the Protestant presuppositions in the study of religion and religious texts, this collection of essays lays out a rich landscape of attitudes and significations with regard to sacred texts underscored especially in their ritualized modes of disposal. While traditional discourse on sacred texts has an almost exclusive focus on the written content and the interpretive enterprise that “extracts” their historical contexts and embedded messages, these essays shift their focus onto the wider textual field in order to capture “the ritual procedures by which people enliven their texts within their communities, and create, renovate, preserve and dispose of texts” (2). Readings from, among others, Wilfred C. Smith, Miriam Levering, Catherine Bell, and Karin Barber help frame a fascinating trajectory for the eight essays. Potential inclusions in this theoretical frame will be noted below. Rather than decoding what the texts say or convey, the shift in focus throws light on what people—as recipients and religious insiders—do with texts, as well as the scriptural economies that undergird these textual gestures. Marianne Schleicher (ch. 1) proposes that in the case of Jewish sacred texts, the Torah as artifact
Biblical Interpretation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2013
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.
Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.
It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera