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Literary Study of the Bible

Robert Morgan and John Barton

in Biblical Interpretation

Published in print September 1988 | ISBN: 9780192132567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132567.003.0007

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Literary Study of the Bible

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This chapter focuses on a recent challenge to the dominance of theologically interested historical research in biblical scholarship. Literary-critical approaches may also be theologically motivated and are shown to antedate the critical historical work of the past 150 years. But recent attempts to understand ‘the Bible as literature’ coincide with some loss of confidence in theological reflection on the Bible, and so appear to have accelerated the secularization of biblical scholarship.

Keywords: biblical scholarship; biblical criticism; literary approach; secularization; literature

Chapter.  23939 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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