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Introducing the Old Testament$
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R. J. Coggins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192132543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132543.001.0001

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What kind of literature?

What kind of literature?

(p.116) 8 What kind of literature?
Introducing the Old Testament

P. R. Ackroyd

G. N. Stanton

Oxford University Press

The text of the Old Testament has been approached through various interpretive methods in its long history. This chapter focuses, among other things, on old and new styles of literary criticism and the problems of translation. The old style of literary criticism raises many questions about the Old Testament: how the book came to reach its present form; possible sources; strata and genuine and non-genuine elements. Among the practitioners of the new style of the literary criticism are those who do not have any particular religious commitment. The new attitude is marked by its concern with the final text of the Old Testament without any regard to the history or source structure of the text. Due to this difference in points of emphasis, both these styles come up with different sets of insights.

Keywords:   Old Testament, literary criticism, interpretive methods, translation, source structure

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