How to Determine the Meaning of a Sacred Text. Cases and Methodologies

Author: Williams, Jay
Year:2011
Pages:380
ISBN:0-7734-1568-8
978-0-7734-1568-3
Price:239.95
This work applies many different approaches to the analysis of sacred texts. The articles contained in this collection are influenced by structuralism, phenomenology, the study of self-referentiality and Zen. In many cases, Eastern thought is applied to Western texts, and vice versa.

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“…this collection serves as a personal intellectual memoir allowing us to see a particular case of the history of the study of religion at the end of and beginning of significant centuries.”-Prof. Stephenson Humphries-Brooks, Hamilton College

Table of Contents

Dedication

Foreword by Stephenson Humphries-Brooks

Preface

Acknowledgements and permissions

Table of Contents

Introduction
"Exegesis/Eisegesis: Is There a Difference?"

Part I
"Aristotle's Inanna: A Peripatetic View of Myth"
"Mythic Transformation"

Part II
"Scripture as Kung An"
"Adam: Enlightened or Fallen?"
"The Wisdom of the Serpent"
"Symphony # 1: The Genesis"

Part III
"The Structure of Judges 2:6-16:11"
"The Navi and the Sheng Ren"

Part IV
"Return to the Roots: Platonic Philosophy and The IChing"
"On Reading a Confucian Classic:
The Rhetoric of the Lun Yu"
"Epimenides, Self-Referentiality and the Lotus Sutra"
"The Vimalakirtinirdesasutra'. The Comedy of Paradox"
"Absolute Skepticism: Lao Zi and Krishnamurti"

Part V
"Jesus, the Lord of Pisces: Hipparchus and the Gospels"
"What's Wrong with the Church?
"Mark, The Gospel of Radical Transformation"
"The Gospel of John (or is it Ch'an?)"

Part VI
"Spirituality and Poetry"
"Poems as Interpretation"

Epilogue
"Spiritual Imagination"

Works Cited

Indices
Names
Topics