Nomadic Text (Hardcover)

A Theory of Biblical Reception History (Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature)

By Brennan W. Breed

Indiana University Press, 9780253012524, 299pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

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Brennan W. Breed claims that biblical interpretation should focus on the shifting capacities of the text, viewing it as a dynamic process rather than a static product. Rather than seeking to determine the original text and its meaning, Breed proposes that scholars approach the production, transmission, and interpretation of the biblical text as interwoven elements of its overarching reception history. Grounded in the insights of contemporary literary theory, this approach alters the framing questions of interpretation from "What does this text mean?" to "What can this text do?"

About the Author

Brennan W. Breed is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.