Theorizing Scriptures: New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon

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Rutgers University Press, 2008 - Religion - 310 pages
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Historically, religious scriptures are defined as holy texts that are considered to be beyond the abilities of the layperson to interpret. This volume takes a look at the social, cultural and racial meanings invested in these texts.

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Contents

TEXTureS Gestures Power
3
WIMBUSH I
17
Settings Situations Practices
69
Material and Expressive Representations
117
Visualizing Scriptures
131
Menace II Society
153
Reading Sacred Symbols
168
Differences at Play in the Fields of the Lord
185
Psychosocial Needs and Natural Evil
207
Reading PlacesReading Scriptures
220
A TransTasman Riff
229
A Midrashist Replies
254
Talking Back
284
Notes on Contributors
299
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