- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Trinity Press International; 1 edition (November 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563381834
- ISBN-13: 978-1563381836
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Exploring the Texture of Texts successfully introduces the results of Robbins' pioneering scholarship and intellectual activity through more than a decade.This is the manual students of socio-rhetorical criticism have been waiting for!"—Bernard Combrink, Department of New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (Bernard Combrink)
"The book's greatest gift...is a multifaceted understanding concerning the diversity of readings feasible for any biblical text—an interpreter's lesson worth remembering."—The Clergy Journal, October 1997 (Clergy Journal)
"Vernon Robbins, who teaches at Emory University, introduces socio-rhetorical criticism. He views texts as intricately woven tapestries of complex patterns and images. By changing the interpreter's angle, multiple ‘textures' are brought into view."—Theology Digest (Theology Digest)
"This is a marvelous book. Students will use it to find their way through the many different approaches to early Christian texts currently being pursued. Teachers will use it as the primary text for the standard course in New Testament criticism ("exegesis"). Scholars of Christian origins will use it to render utterly honest readings of their texts as social data for redescription. And the guild of New Testament studies will learn the steps for dancing at last in public on the stage of cultural critique. Bravo Vernon! You have written a book that shows why rhetorical savvy must call the tune for the next time around. Let the music begin."—Burton L. Mack, School of Theology at Claremont (Burton L. Mack)
Exploring the Texture of Texts: "This book will challenge preachers’ exegetical assumptions and broaden their perspectives on the biblical text."—Interpretation (Interpretation)
"...strongly recommended for all interpreters of the Bible as essential 'continuing education' in the art and science of interpretation." —David A. deSilva, reviewing for Ashland Theological Seminary (David A. deSilva Ashland Theological Journal)
"...an excellent guide for reading the Christian Scriptures, particularly the Gospels... I recommend this as an excellent text to use alongside a more comprehensive introduction to the Christian Scriptures. It will stir the student's minds."—Robert Doran, Amherst College, for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly (Robert Doran, Amherst College Catholic Biblical Quarterly)
"...students and teachers will find that each chapter, together with its study guide, challenges them to experiment with a variety of approaches to interpretation, all of which should enrich their appreciation of the text."—David G. Horrell, University of Exeter, UK, as printed in Review of Biblical Literature, June 1999 (David G. Horrell Review of Biblical Literature)
"This delightful book provides a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the practice of sociorhetorical criticism developed by Robbins...an excellent orientation for students at the beginning of their NT studies. Even scholars working in a different hermeneutical tradition will find this a useful introduction to important developments in NT research."—Johan C. Thom, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, for Religious Studies Review, October 2000 (Johan C. Thom, University of Stellenbosch Religious Studies Review)
"Exploring the Texture of Texts successfully introduces the results of Robbins' pioneering scholarship and intellectual activity through more than a decade.This is the manual students of socio-rhetorical criticism have been waiting for!"—Bernard Combrink, Department of New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (Sanford Lakoff)
From the Back Cover
In this book Vernon K. Robbins provides an accessible introduction to socio-rhetorical criticism, illustrating the method by guiding the reader through the study of specific New Testament texts and stories. An opening chapter outlines this new approach and its focus on values, convictions, and beliefs both in the text we read and in the world in which we live. Then follow studies and exercises dealing with specific textural features: inner texture, intertexture, social and cultural texture, ideological texture, and sacred texture.