Beauty and the Bible: Toward a Hermeneutics of Biblical Aesthetics (Society of Biblical Literature. Semeia Studies)

Beauty and the Bible: Toward a Hermeneutics of Biblical Aesthetics (Society of Biblical Literature. Semeia Studies)

Jean-François Racine

Language: English

Pages: 136

ISBN: 1589839072

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


These seven essays offer fresh perspectives on beauty s role in revelation. Each essay features a hermeneutical approach informed by the contemporary study of aesthetics. Covering a series of texts in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, from Adam and Eve in the garden to Jesus on trial in the Fourth Gospel, the authors engage beauty from three overarching perspectives: modern philosophy, contextual criticism, and the postcritical return to beauty s primary qualities. The three perspectives are not harmonized but rather explored concurrently to create a volume with intriguing methodological tensions. As this collection highlights beauty in the narratives of scripture, it opens readers to a largely unexplored dimension of the Bible. The contributors are Richard J. Bautch, Jo-Ann A. Brant, Mark Brummitt, David Penchansky, Antonio Portalatín, Jean-François Racine, and Peter Spitaler.

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sound pleases the ears and points to an ambiguity at the semantic level: the obscure border between sleeping and death. A truly “literal” reading would require considering the girl to be sleeping. But this interpretation weakens the miraculous nature of this action; Jesus comes to do a great deed requiring faith from the daughter’s father (5:36), not to clarify a mistaken diagnosis (Beavis 2010, 55). The best explanation remains in the metaphor of death as sleeping, used in 12. From the three

understanding the significance of Jesus (9:6), the raising of Jairus’ daughter is fraught with eschatological significance” (55). From the perspective of the reader, at least, the confrontation of life and death enters into the horizon of Jesus’ ministry. The aesthetic dimension provides additional support for reading the two miracles as one story. Mark’s narrative artistry of combining two accounts has been extensively studied (e.g., Derrett 1982, 474–505). They are intertwined by literary

understanding the significance of Jesus (9:6), the raising of Jairus’ daughter is fraught with eschatological significance” (55). From the perspective of the reader, at least, the confrontation of life and death enters into the horizon of Jesus’ ministry. The aesthetic dimension provides additional support for reading the two miracles as one story. Mark’s narrative artistry of combining two accounts has been extensively studied (e.g., Derrett 1982, 474–505). They are intertwined by literary

Greek texts, δόξα takes on another meaning when it is used to translate the Hebrew ‫כבד‬, a word that describes various aspects of the divine presence. Standing on this side of the Copernican revolution and looking at God through the lens of a post-Kantian epistemology, we have a tendency to consider the elements of God’s ‫ כבד‬that are associated with the phenomenal world that we can see around us and events such as God’s mighty displays of power. But in ancient theology, ‫ כבד‬also described

Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He earned his doctorate at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. At present he is completing a second degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, and he is interested in interdisciplinary studies: reading the biblical text from the perspectives of aesthetics, literary theory, and theological hermeneutics. Jean-François Racine is Associate Professor of New Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa

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