Wednesday, August 16, 2006

More From Goldingay

Picking up from yesterday, here's a little more from John Goldingay:

"The admission that one is using historical-critical methods with a 'bias' may seem scandalous, but it is becoming clear that historical-critical history always functions ideologically in the nature of the concerns and presuppositions that determine what counts as history [see Brueggemann, Abiding Astonishment 37-46]. Since historical critical-exegesis is the ruling method in professional biblical study, one purpose of its exercise is now to legitimate the members of the scholary guild in their position of power [Fussel, 'Materialist Readings of the Bible,' 15]."
Models for Interpretation of Scripture, 44.
On another those from last night's Bible study, here are the links to the two articles I mentioned:

Crispin Fletcher-Louis, "Jesus and the High Priest."

Craig Evans', "Assessing Progress in the Third Quest of the Historical Jesus," Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 4 (2006): 35-54.



David said...

What is the official bibliographic citation of the Fletcher-Louis article?

driver9 said...

The published version (part 1 - part 2 still to come, I think)

Crispin H. T. Fletcher-Louis, 'Jesus as the High Priestly Messiah:: Part 1' Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 2006 4: 155-175

He did an excellent paper on apocalyptic at International SBL to be published, I believe, in the Handbook to the Historical Jesus. You may want to email him to confirm that - but I thought it very interesting and a good critique of the Collins/Semeia Group take on apocalypses.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Michael, for the insights of Dr. Goldingay. I just purchased his book through Amazon. I am quite sympathetic to his point of view, however, does he say anything good about diachronic criticism? Except to bring certainty or doubt about the historisity of a text, I do not think such criticism is helpful to find the literal-historical meaning.

Michael Barber said...


Thanks for getting the bibliographic info. And thanks for visiting my site!


driver9 said...

No problem - thanks for blogging.