Brennan W. Breed claims that biblical interpretation should focus on the shifting capacities of the text, viewing it as a dynamic process rather than a static product. Rather than seeking to determine the original text and its meaning, Breed proposes that scholars approach the production, transmission, and interpretation of the biblical text as interwoven elements of its overarching reception history. Grounded in the insights of contemporary literary theory, this approach alters the framing questions of interpretation from "What does this text mean?" to "What can this text do?"
"Offers a new approach to reception history - and a well-thought-out and persuasive one at that..." (Mark Brummitt, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School)
"Brennan Breed's Nomadic Text is...a reevaluation of text criticism and its search for the original text...He makes a compelling argument that all biblical interpretation is reception history." (Journal of the Bible and Its Reception)
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Insightful and Profound
Dr. Breed takes a wide range of knowledge from the Bible and various disciplines, and puts us on a new path for understanding faith and culture through multiple lenses.
For a scholar in the humanities, Dr. Breed has an incredible grasp of scientific (and other) analogies which he uses to great effect in layman's terms.
A book like this has a lot of specialized terminology which Benson navigates well.
The book climaxes around an exposition of a passage from the book of Job. The stories shared about the historian as redeemer were particularly powerful.
This book won a 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, given only to a first theological publication of an author. Dr. Breed indeed does have a promising career ahead of him.
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