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Ideology and Ideological Criticism Of Old Testament Texts

Taylor, James Patton (2007) Ideology and Ideological Criticism Of Old Testament Texts. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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The first chapter of the thesis traces the history of the tenn 'ideology'; elucidates a range of definitions and connotations for the tenn; and offers a brief review of recent usage within Old Testament Studies. The second chapter turns more specifically to Ideological Criticism, offering a critical overview ofthe approaches ofTerry Eagleton and Frederic Jameson, prominent theorists within the field. The chapter concludes by adopting a three fold 'mapping' of ideological criticism for Old Testament Studies: social-scientific, interpretativesociological, and social-critical approaches. The third and fourth chapters consist ofa critical evaluation of a range of attempts at ideological criticism within Biblical Studies from each ofthe social-scientific, interpretative-sociological, and social-critical perspectives. These include (among others) a specifically Eagletonian approach; a Jamesonian approach; a black-feminist approach; and an approach based on post-colonial theory. Chapter five discusses a variety ofrelevant issues and perspectives, including the interaction of ideological criticism with postmodernism. The concluding chapter surveys the four modes in which ideological criticism operates: criticism ofthe biblical texts themselves; criticism ofreadings and interpretations; criticism of the use ofthe Bible as an ideological instrument; and criticism ofscholarly practices within the Academy. This final chapter then seeks to evaluate the lasting contribution of ideological criticism within Old Testament Studies and its future potential. The overall conclusion is that the advent ofideological criticism has marked a significant watershed in the annals ofbiblical criticism. Ideological criticism as a distinct and separate methodology may not become the one-and-only focus of biblical-critical methodology in the coming decades; but, arguably, no significant biblical criticism can now take place without serious ideological critique, not only of the writing, publishing, and dissemination ofancient texts but also of the interpretative tradition and of the academic hegemony.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Biblical Studies (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.485074
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 08:32
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:52
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3621

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