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Old Testament Story and Christian Ethic: The Rape of Dinah as a Case Study (Robin A Parry) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2004) 9781597522298
Old Testament Story and Christian Ethic: The Rape of Dinah as a Case Study (Robin A Parry) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2004) 9781597522298
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Title: Old Testament Story and Christian Ethic: The Rape of Dinah as a Case Study

Author: Parry, Robin A

Publisher: Wipf and Stock; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9781597522298

Volumes: 1; Pages: 370

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Christian use of the Old Testament has tended to focus on law and widom literature and to marginalize narrative material. This book restores story to its rightful place in Old Testament ethics and aims to set out parameters within which Christian ethical reappropriations of Old Testament narratives can take place.The argument begins by examining recent philosophical studies of the role of story in the ethical life. Special attention is paid to the work of Paul Ricoeur, Martha Nussbaum and Robert C. Roberts. Then the theological foundations are laid by demonstrating the importance of narrative for Old Testament ethics and of the biblical metanarrative for Christian interpretation. Genesis 34 is examined as a detailed case study to exemplify the fruits of the method for Christian readers. The study considers reception history, feminist interpretation, discourse analysis and canonical context to shed new light on the terrible story of the rape of Dinah.ContentsForeword by Craig BartholomewIntroductionPart One: A HermeneuticChapter 1 Philosophical Reflections on Narrative Ethics The Framework: The Narrative Shape of the Self Paul Ricoeur on the Narrative Self Ricoeur's Narrative Hermeneutics Returning to Ricoeur's Narrative Self The Ethical Refiguration of the Reader Story and the Exemplification of the General Story and Particularly Story and the Training of Emotional Perception Story and the Grammar of Ethics Conclusion: The Contribution of Narrative Form to the Ethical LifeChapter 2 Biblical-Theological Reflections on Christian Ethical Appropriation of Old Testament Stories The Centrality of Story for Old Testament Ethics: Barton's Three Models for Old Testament Ethics A Sketch of the Models Story and the Imitation of God Story and Natural Law Story and Divine Commands The Priority of the Biblical Meta-Narrative in Shaping Christian Identity N. T. Wright's Hermeneutical Model Evaluating the Model ConclusionsPart Two: The Rape of Dinah as a Case StudyChapter 3--A History of the Interpretation of Genesis 34 with Special Reference to Its Use in Ethics c. 150 B.C.E.-c. 100 C.E.: Second Temple Jewish Readings The Book of Jubilees on Genesis 34 The Testament of Levi on Genesis 34 The Book of Judith on Genesis 34 Josephus on Genesis 34 Philo on Genesis 34 Summary of Second Temple Jewish Interpretations of Genesis 34 100 C.E.-1000 C.E.: The Early Christian and Orthodox Jewish Readings The Early Church on Genesis 34 Genesis Rabbah on Genesis 34 1000 C.E.-1300 C.E.: The Medieval Period Bernard of Clairvaux on Genesis 34 Ancrene Wisse on Genesis 34 1500 C.E.-1600 C.E.: The Reformation Marthin Luther on Genesis 34 John Calvin on Genesis 34 1600 C.E.-1800 C.E.: Post-Reformation Readings Gervase Babbington Matthew Henry 19th--20th Century Trends in Interpretation Source Crticism and Genesis 34 New Literary Readings of Genesis 34 Feminist Readings of Genesis 34 Social Anthropology and Genesis 34 SummaryChapter 4 An Interpretation of Genesis 34 The Structure of Genesis 34 Scene Divisions in Genesis 34 The Structure of Genesis 34 The Peak of the Story Gensis 34 in its Context Clues on the Context of Genesis 34 Steps in the Right Direction Taking the Discussion Further Genesis 24--An Interpretation Genesis 34 Scene One (34:1-4) Excursus: What was Shechem's Crime? Excursus: Genesis 34 as a Twisted 'Betrothal Type-Scene' Genesis 34 Scene Two (34:5-19) Genesis 34 Scene Three (34:20-24) Genesis 34 Scene Four (34:25-31)Chapter 5 Genesis 34 in Intertextual Communion with the Canon The Curse on Simeon and Levi: Tracing its Trajectories Genesis 49:5-7 Numbers 25 and 31 How Does the Patriarchal Story in Genesis 34 Relate to the Mosaic Period? Moberly's Old Testament of the Old Testament Genesis 34 Within the "Old Testament of the Old Testament" Genesis 34 from the Perspective of the New Testament The Links between the Old Testament and the New Testament Genesis 34 in the Light of the New Testament ConclusionChapter 6 Can Biblical Stories Be Bad for Us? Feminist Hermeneutics and the Rape of Dinah The Challenge of Feminit Hermeneutics Feminist Readings of Genesis 34: Restoring Dinah's Honour Reading with the Text but Against the Classical Interpreters Reading Against the Biblical Text Dinah's Honour: Some Reflections Does the Narrator Disapprove of Dinah's "Going Out"? Does the Narrator Blame Dinah? Does Genesis 34 Support Locking up our Daughters? The Problem of Patriarchy in Genesis 34 The Problem of Anrocentrism in Genesis 34ConclusionsAppendices Appendix 1: A Discourse Analysis of Genesis 34 Appendix 2: Genesis 49:5-6BibliographyGeneral IndexScripture Index
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