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Bibil Identifier bibil:237552
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Is Ancient Jewish Studies (Still) Postmodern (Yet)?
Author Grossman, Maxine L.
Journal Currents in Biblical Research (Volume: 13, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 245-283 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Postmodern theory, with its concerns about textual meaning, identity formation, and dynamics of power, has had an impact on the study of ancient Judaism in a variety of ways over the last several decades. Theories of reader-response and intertextuality have particularly shaped recent work in biblical studies, while these and other philosophical concerns have contributed to postmodern understandings of midrash. The impact of postmodern theory on the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls is more subtle but nonetheless provides an interesting model for the use of theory in the study of ancient Judaism. Attention to the work of a particular scholar (D. Boyarin) or the possibilities for a particular theoretical approach (postcolonial theory) provides further evidence for postmodern treatments of ancient Jewish texts and history. Although the heyday of critical theory is now long past, the field of ancient Jewish studies has been shaped by theory-driven concerns about discourse, power, and the world.
DOI 10.1177/1476993X14552930
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Postmodernism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Midrash
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