- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019027980X
- ISBN-13: 978-0190279806
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The Erotic Life of Manuscripts: New Testament Textual Criticism and the Biological Sciences 1st Edition
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"[A] fascinating read for biologists, shedding light not only on the relations between the 'two cultures,' but on the nature and limitations of cladistic reasoning...[Yii-Jan Lin] does a very competent job in presenting the nuances of 'speciation' in the study of manuscripts and how her field both resembles and differs from what evolutionary biologists do."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"One of the strengths of her analysis is her even-handed approach...Another valuable contribution is the extensive quotation of sources...[T]he distinctive approach of this volume provides a new and potentially more creative way of approaching the question of self-definition...[T]his engagingly humorous account of an alternative text of the Ten Commandments serves to assure the reader that, despite moments of earnestness of the preceding discussions, there is also a place for levity. Indeed, perhaps these verses should be read as a first step towards returning to a broader recognition of textual criticism as both an art and a science."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Lin's unique description and insightful analysis of New Testament textual criticism breaths fresh air into our discipline by paralleling textual criticism and the biological sciences in their often similar nature, history, and methodologies-something genuinely innovative. Her clear focus on the bifurcation of text-critical methods during recent decades-the traditional but still contemporary approach, and the recent 'narrative textual criticism'-highlights the advances of both, but the latter has the edge in treating the text as an 'organic, living being." --Eldon Jay Epp, Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University; frequent adjunct professor, Harvard Divinity School (2001 to 2016)
"For nearly three hundred years, scholars engaged in New Testament manuscript studies have imagined that their work is theoretically innocent, objective, and untouched by the epistemological trends of their time. Yii-Jan Lin's book shows in compelling terms why this self-congratulatory objectivity is a complete myth. The goals, tools, and terms of textual analysis from the beginning have been thoroughly entrenched in broader ideological debates, particularly in relationship to the biological sciences. This smart, insightful, and altogether groundbreaking book is essential reading for anyone interested in textual studies." --Bart D. Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"This fascinating book explores the untold story of the relationship between New Testament textual criticism and the life sciences, from Linnaeus and Bengel, through Darwin and Hort, to the use of phylogenetic software today. Written from the standpoint of the history of ideas, it offers insightful and challenging critiques of the language and conceptual framework of textual scholarship. This book is necessary reading for every philologist." --David Parker, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham
About the Author
Yii-Jan Lin is Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She received her PhD in religious studies from Yale University and an MA in English literature from the University of Chicago.
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