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The Reader and the Text

R. P. Carroll

in Text in Context

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198263913
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198263910.003.0001
 The Reader and the Text

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This is the first of five chapters on the Old Testament and the reader, and addresses the question of the reader and the text. The first section looks at the social context of reading. The second outlines the three major groups of Bible readers: Jewish groups, Christian groups, and all other groups who read the Bible without commitment to either of these original/foundational groups—such as members of other religions and secularists. The third section discusses Enlightenment and post‐Enlightenment approaches taken to the Bible in the Western world in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and after, and also looks at postmodern critics of this approach. The fourth section, New Reading Strategies, discusses ideological criticism, the postmodern Bible, feminist readings, ethnicity, and fundamentalism.

Keywords: Bible readers; Christian groups; Enlightenment; ethnicity; feminism; fundamentalism; ideological criticism; Jewish groups; Old Testament; post‐Enlightenment; postmodernism; readership; religious groups; secular groups; social context of readership

Chapter.  15154 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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