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Theology of TransformationFaith, Freedom, and the Christian Act$
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Oliver Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685950.001.0001

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Holy Scripture

Holy Scripture

Hermeneutics and Life

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Theology of Transformation

Oliver Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an analysis of the neurology of language, which emphasizes the materiality of the sign. It makes the case for the view that language is as much material form as it is immaterial concept. It continues with a reading first of ‘The Song of Songs’ and then of 2 Cor 3.6 as offering a hermeneutic of scripture as such. The ‘Song’ is read as foregrounding textuality itself, pointing to a hermeneutic of the interconnectedness of the world, Temple, land and community within the divine dispensation of life-affirming fertility. 2 Cor 3.6 is read as pointing to the transformational integration of mind and matter through the work of the Holy Spirit, made present in St Paul’s own epistle whose en-Spirited material form extends and communicates the transformed life of Christ.

Keywords:   Holy Scripture, biblical hermeneutics, Song of Songs, spirit and letter, Old Testament, New Testament, St Paul, 2 Corinthians, material nature of the sign, neuroscience and language

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