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Chasing the Eastern Star

Paperback|Mar 2001
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In this work, the author argues for a reworking of biblical interpretation that allows for a number of legitimate readings of any given passage. With examples from popular literature and the movies, as well as other accounts, the book helps...


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In this work, the author argues for a reworking of biblical interpretation that allows for a number of legitimate readings of any given passage. With examples from popular literature and the movies, as well as other accounts, the book helps readers to engage with issues of interpretative theory. Next, the author considers different readings of the Gospel of Matthew, showing how reader-response theory works out in practice, and concluding with an extended study of one passage from Matthew's Gospel - the story of the Magi.
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Emphasizing meaning as "effect" rather than merely "message", Powell shows how biblical texts may legitimately take on multiple meanings in a variety of contexts. The first part of the book uses examples drawn from popular literature and culture to engage in a practical way the kinds of questions that scholars bring to their study of the Bible. The second part of the book is devoted to approaching the Gospel of Matthew as a work of literature that readers may enter -- and be affected by -- as they might any other kind of text. The third part of the book is an extended study of one passage from Matthew's Gospel -- the story of the magi -- in which Powell finds an excellent opportunity to teach readers to engage in -- and to challenge! -- the enterprise of biblical scholarship.
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Mark Allan Powell

Mark Allan Powell (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, Richmond) is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He is a leading biblical scholar and the author of numerous articles and books including Introduction to the New Testament; Loving Jesius; Giving to God; Mark: God's Grace in Action and What Is Narrative Criticism?

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