Book , Print in English

The nature of biblical criticism

John Barton.
  • Louisville : Westminster John Knox Press, ©2007.
  • 1st ed.
  • x, 206 pages ; 23 cm
Local Subjects
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Biblical criticism faces increasing hostility on two fronts: from biblical conservatives, who claim it is inherently positivistic and religiously skeptical, and from postmodernists, who see it as driven by the falsities of objectivity and neutrality. In this overview of the key factors and developments in biblical studies, John Barton demonstrates that these evaluations of biblical criticism fail to do justice to the work that has been done by critical scholars over many generations. Traditional biblical criticism has had as its central concern a semantic interest: a desire to establish the "plain sense" of the biblical text, which in itself requires sensitivity to many literary aspects of texts. Therefore, he argues, biblical criticism already includes many of the methodological approaches now being recommended as alternatives to it and, further, the agenda of biblical studies is far less fragmented than often thought. --From publisher's description.
  • Introduction
  • Difficulties in the text
  • The "historical-critical method"
  • The plain sense
  • The origins of biblical criticism
  • Biblical criticism and religious belief
  • Conclusion.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-201) and index.
  • 9780664225872
  • 066422587X
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2007001537
  • OCLC: 79003296
  • OCLC: 79003296