Old Testament Story and Christian Ethics: The Rape of Dinah as a Case Study

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jun 2, 2005 - Religion - 370 pages
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Christian use of the Old Testament has tended to focus on law and wisdom literature and to marginalize narrative materials. This book restores story to its rightful place in Old Testament ethics and aims to set out parameters within which Christian ethical reappropriations of Old Testament narratives can take place. The argument begins by examining recent philosophical studies of the role of story in the ethical life. Special attention is paid to the work of Paul Ricoer, Martha Nussbaum and Robert C. Roberts. Then the theological foundations are laid by demonstrating the importance of narrative for Old Testament ethics and of the biblical metanarrative for Christian interpretation. Genesis 34 is examined as a detailed case study to exemplify the fruits of the method for Christian readers. The study considers reception history, feminist interpretation, discourse analysis and canonical context to shed new light on the terrible story of the rape of Dinah.
  

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Contents

Philosophical Reflections on Narrative Ethics
3
The Ethical Refiguration of the Reader
27
The Contribution of Narrative Form to the Ethical Life
46
The Priority of the Biblical MetaNarrative in Shaping
69
Conclusions
83
The Early Christian and Orthodox Jewish
95
The Reformation
102
PostReformation Readings
108
Genesis 34 in Intertextual Communion with
179
How Does the Patriarchal Story in Genesis 34 Relate to the Mosaic
196
from the Perspective of the New Testament
204
Conclusion
218
Some Reflections
228
The Problem of Androcentrism in Genesis 34
234
Conclusions
243
A Discourse Analysis of Genesis 34
249

Summary
122
An Interpretation of Genesis 34
123
in its Context
130
An Interpretation
136
Genesis 4956
293
Bibliography
299
General Index
339
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About the author (2005)

Robin Parry is commissioning editor for Paternoster. Prior to that he taught A-level Religious Studies and Philosophy at Worcester Sixth Form College. He is married with two daughters. This book is based on his Ph.D. undertaken at the University of Gloucestershire.

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