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Bibil Identifier bibil:237641
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Images, Words and Stories: Exploring their Transformative Power in Reading Biblical Texts Ecologically
Author Wainwright, Elaine M.
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 20, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 280-304 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay is theoretical rather than interpretive in that I seek to develop a process or processes for reading biblical texts ecologically. I identify initially a significant epistemic shift that Lorraine Code calls ecological thinking as the context in which ecological reading takes place. I emphasize that reading ecologically is a process rather than a fixed approach, drawing imagery and language from Earth's processes that are characterized by reciprocity and multi-dimensionality. As a critical process, ecological reading will be characterized by suspicion and reconfiguration in their reciprocity. They will inform the range of reading procedures that uncover the inner texture and intertexture of the text. Having borrowed these two aspects of textual reading from Vernon Robbins socio-rhetorical approach and nuanced them in relation to an ecological reading which recognizes the centrality of "habitat," I propose a more significant development of Robbins' approach in that I replace his "social and cultural texture" with what I call "ecological texture," suggesting that "inter-con/textuality2 is a way of naming the various tools and procedures that will facilitate a reading of this ecological texture of the biblical text. I name my ecological reading process eco-rhetorical and conclude by noting that it cannot remain text-bound but must be integrated into the praxis of ecocitizenship.
DOI 10.1163/156851512X651096
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ecology
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