Introducing the Hebrew bible 3

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<ul><li> 1. Interpretation of theHebrew Bible There are differing approaches to the interpretation (assumptions and methods) of the Hebrew Bible. Four major approaches which are generally utilized to interpret the Hebrew Bible are: Confessional Approach Historical Approach Literary Approach Post Modern Approach1/20/2010 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 1 </li></ul> <p> 2. Post ModernInterpretationLiteraryInterpretationText of theHistorical Hebrew Contemporary InterpretationApplication BibleConfessionalInterpretation1/20/2010Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 2 3. Confessional Approach The Confessional Interpretation approaches the biblical text from below. This is to say that the Hebrew Bible is regarded as an authoritative text. Assumption: The Hebrew Bible is a deposit of divine truth Methods: Literal and Allegorical Interpretations1/20/2010 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 3 4. Historical Interpretation The Historical Interpretation approaches the biblical text from behind in an effort to reconstruct the history in and behind the text. Assumptions: The Hebrew Bible is a human creation. Methods: critical studies including text, source, form and redaction criticisms.1/20/2010 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 4 5. Literary Interpretation The Literary Interpretation approaches the biblical text from within maintaining that all meaning is determined by the world of the text. Assumptions: The Hebrew Bible is a magnificent representation of literature. Methods: Critical literary studies that include rhetorical criticism, structuralism and narrative criticism. 1/20/2010 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 5 6. Post Modern Interpretation The Post Modern Interpretation approaches the text from above with the understanding that meaning including that of biblical meaning is dependent upon a given interpreter. Assumptions: the Hebrew Bible has no meaning without an interpreter. Methods: includes critical interpretations such as deconstructionism, ideological criticism and reader-response criticism. 1/20/2010 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 6 </p>