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Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge [Hardcover]

Kevin J. Vanhoozer
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Theology and Literary Theory
1. Faith Seeking Textual Understanding
Three parables on reading and reflection
Philosophy and literary theory: from Plato to postmodernity
Meaning and interpretation: the morality of literary knowledge
The three ages of criticism: the plan of the book
Augustinian hermeneutics
Part One: Undoing Interpretation: Authority, Allegory, Anarchy
2. Undoing the Author: Authority and Intentionality
Authorship and authority: the birth of the "author"
Undoing the author’s authority
Undoing the author’s intention
Has the Bible lost its voice?
3. Undoing the Book: Textuality and Indeterminacy
Demeaning meaning?
What is a text?
Meaning in Antioch and Alexandria
Textual indeterminacy: the rule of metaphor
Interpretive agnosticism?
4. Undoing the Reader: Contextuality and Ideology
The birth of the reader
The aims of reading: literary knowledge and human interests
Interpretive violence
Power reading and the politics of canon
Undoing biblical ideology
The ethics of undoing: the "new morality" of knowledge
Part Two: Redoing Interpretation: Agency, Action, Affect
5. Resurrecting the Author: Meaning As Communicative Action
The physics of promising: from codes to communion
Dissenting voices: speech rehabilitation
The "what" of meaning: texts as communicative acts
The "who" of meaning: authors as communicative agents
Communicative action and the author’s intention
Meaning and significance redivivus
6. Redeeming the Text: The Rationality of Literary Acts
Belief in meaning as properly basic: the nature of literary knowledge
The conflict of interpretations: the problem of literary knowledge
How to describe communicative acts: the norm of literary knowledge
Genre and communicative rationality: the method of literary knowledge
7. Reforming the Reader: Interpretive Virtue, Spirituality, and Communicative Efficacy
The reader as user, critic, and follower
Is exegesis without ideology possible?
Reader response and reader responsibility
Understanding and overstanding
The Spirit of understanding: discerning and doing the Word
The vocation of the reader: interpretation as discipleship
Conclusion: A Hermeneutics of the Cross
8. A Hermeneutics of Humility and Conviction
Trinitarian hermeneutics
The verbal icon and the authorial face
Hermeneutic humility and literary knowledge
Name Index
Subject Index

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