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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity
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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

John David Dawson

Abstract

This book makes an illuminating contribution to one of Christianity's central problems: the understanding and interpretation of scripture, and more specifically, the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The book analyzes the practice and theory of “figural” reading in the Christian tradition of Biblical interpretation by looking at the writings of Jewish and Christian thinkers, both ancient and modern, who have reflected on that form of traditional Christian Biblical interpretation. It argues that Christian interpretation of Hebrew scripture originally was, and should ... More

Keywords: scripture, Old Testament, New Testament, figural reading, Christian Biblical interpretation, Hebrew scripture, Daniel Boyarin, Erich Auerbach, Hans Frei, Origen of Alexandria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520226302
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226302.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John David Dawson, author