Text and Tablet: Near Eastern Archaeology, the Old Testament and New Possibilities

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Ashgate, 2000 - Religion - 292 pages
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Text and Tablet balances a blend of logic, post-analytical philosophy, French philosophy and literary criticism to carefully introduce some of these issues to the reader. Just as writers such as Derrida and Kermode have been interested in relating religion and philosophy to literature, so this book extends the idea of multidisciplinary synthesis to connect ancient and modern issues. Linking philosophy to literature, Old Testament texts and studies, Near East archaeology, and Religious ideas and debates in fresh ways, Gibson explores ancient texts and sites and developing interpretations of some recent excavations. Addressing issues raised by leading thinkers (Chomsky, Deleuze, Wittgenstein, Renfrew, Barr) on language, life and history, Gibson seeks to challenge many entrenched views based on familiar discoveries and proposes fresh engagement between the interpretation of Old Testament studies and archaeology, using a new, multidisciplinary analysis. This book will prove of particular value to those interested in theology and biblical studies, philosophy of language, archaeology, and modern comparative literature.

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Philosophical Archaeology and Ancient Texts
The Old Testament and Literary Theory
Does Genesis Contain 3rdMillennium BC Text?

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Arthur Gibson studied philosophy at Cambridge University and later acted as Director of Studies in Philosophy for a number of its Colleges, as well as being Proctor of the University for some years. He is currently at the University of Surrey Roehampton.

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