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Word and Supplement: Speech Acts, Biblical Texts, and the Sufficiency of Scripture

Timothy Ward


What are Christians saying when they call the Bible the Word of God? How is that statement to be understood in relation to postmodernity's suspicion of meaning? This book tackles these questions by bringing postmodern theory into critical dialogue with the often-neglected doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. The notion of the ‘sufficiency’ of a text, and the contrasting idea of the ‘supplement(s)’ which texts carry with them, together provide a sharp critical tool for analysing a variety of contemporary hermeneutical and doctrinal positions. Brought into this discussion are Derrida, from ... More

Keywords: Christians, Bible, Word of God, postmodernity, postmodern theory, Scripture, sufficiency, supplement, Derrida

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244386
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Ward, author
Ordained Anglican Minister at All Saints Church, Crowborough, East Sussex