Theorizing Scriptures: New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon (Signifying on Scriptures)

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Historically, religious scriptures are defined as holy texts that are considered to be beyond the abilities of the layperson to interpret. Their content is most frequently analyzed by clerics who do not question the underlying political or social implications of the text, but use the writing to convey messages to their congregations about how to live a holy existence. In Western society, moreover, what counts as scripture is generally confined to the Judeo-Christian Bible, leaving the voices of minorities, as well as the holy texts of faiths from Africa and Asia, for example, unheard. 

In this innovative collection of essays that aims to turn the traditional bible-study definition of scriptures on its head, Vincent L. Wimbush leads an in-depth look at the social, cultural, and racial meanings invested in these texts. Contributors hail from a wide array of academic fields and geographic locations and include such noted academics as Susan Harding, Elisabeth Shüssler Fiorenza, and William L. Andrews.

Purposefully transgressing disciplinary boundaries, this ambitious book opens the door to different interpretations and critical orientations, and in doing so, allows an ultimately humanist definition of scriptures to emerge.

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Vincent L. Wimbush is director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University in California.

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"In Signifying on Scriptures, Wimbush inaugurates a conversation that fills enormous gaps in the study of religious texts and practices, and shifts the field to new dimensions of exploration and new possibilities for critical reflection." -- Karen L. King, author of The Gospel of Mary of Magdala

"The essays, by some of the best minds in the field, form a volume that is arresting in its vision and dynamically daring--a powerful challenge to scriptural interpretation across and within cultures worldwide." -- Vivian-Lee Nyitray, University of California, Riverside

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