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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