Rhetorical and New Literary Criticism

Margaret M. Mitchell

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Rhetorical and New Literary Criticism

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This chapter discusses rhetorical criticism and new literary criticism. It provides a sketch of some historically significant moments in the emergence of these interpretive approaches, and gives some methodological pointers and resources for those who seek to comprehend and exercise them. It considers a pair of somewhat paradoxical values: a shared commitment to a close reading of the exact wording and inner working of the text, and an understanding of the text as in some sense dynamic rather than static or fixed.

Keywords: rhetorical criticism; new literary criticism; Hebrew Bible; New Testament

Chapter.  8303 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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