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Bibil Identifier bibil:204496
Publication Type Journal article
Title (French, Long) Les facteurs régissant la réception publique d'un texte ancien
Author Crégheur, Eric
Journal Laval théologique et philosophique (Volume: 65, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language French
Pages 35-44 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article seeks to identify the factors that govern the scientific reception of ancient texts, and aims at explaining why certain of these texts are often studied by scholars while others are neglected. The study closely examined the reception of fifty texts contained in a number of "gnostic" manuscripts. A typology was drawn up on the basis of the reception of twenty of them, the ten texts which generated the greatest number of publications, and the ten which generated the least. It would appear that for the texts most studied, the four most important factors were originality of content, an early date of composition, the figure with whom the text is associated and its classification within the "gospel" genre. Finally, material and hermeneutical factors militated against the study of the ten least popular texts ; documents with a late date of composition and already well known to scholars being least favoured. This analysis allows us to better understand the role which scholars play today in the public sphere. Within an interpretative community which includes the media and the general public, academics play a dual role. Not only do they interpret these ancient texts respecting the norms established within their discipline, but they are also responsible for making them accessible to the media and the general public. Researchers are embedded within a wider interpretive enterprise from which they cannot escape.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Texts
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