n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Genesis 22 as a "test case" for the emergent discipline of Biblical spirituality - first steps

Volume 93, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Genesis 22:1-19 has through its narrative content and the history of its exegesis proven to be a contentious text. Most satisfactory have been interpretations of this text in historical mode. These kinds of interpretations however do best at probing "what the text meant", and are generally less forthcoming on "what the text means". Balancing these concerns is brought into focus again in the new discipline of Biblical Spirituality: the meaning(s) that underlie a text and what latter-day interpretations (are to) make of that text are important in recently proposed models of Biblical Spirituality. Precisely how robust these models are at attaining such balance has however not been tested in exegetical-hermeneutical mode. This contribution seeks to move in this direction, as a first exploratory step, by summarising the historical interpretations of Genesis 22 and placing them in dialogue with proposed models of Biblical Spirituality.

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