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Bibil Identifier bibil:214068
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Matter of the Text
Title (English, ) Material Engagements between Luke and the Five Senses
Author Elvey, Anne F.
Series The Bible in the Modern World (Volume: 37)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Signature -
Publishing house Sheffield Phoenix Press
Place Sheffield
ISBN 978-1-9075634-16-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xix Pages
219 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract When the Lukan Jesus stands up to read in the Nazareth synagogue, he unrolls and rolls up a scroll. At this moment – which scholars have read as programmatic for the Gospel of Luke – the material text frames the written and spoken word. Here reading is an engagement with the senses of touch, sight and hearing. The organs of sense – skin, eyes, ears and mouth – function as mediators of the material text. By contrast, our contemporary practices of reading as biblical scholars and critics commonly ignore the underlying materiality that is given to writing. In an ecological context where the mass production of Bibles is part of a consumerist economics that does not walk lightly on the Earth, and in an Australian postcolonial context where Bibles arrived as material artefacts of European colonizers, this book asks what modes of reading might best be suited to the materiality of the text. Engaging with the Gospel of Luke and the five senses, The Matter of the Text enacts a mode of reading that attends to the underlying materiality of the text. Reading with the senses offers a way of imagining the mutual touching of artefact and writing and the absent presence of the material text, where matter is given to the word as a visible voice.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Luke
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Anthropology
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