Psychological Biblical Criticism

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Fortress Press, 2001 - Religion - 161 pages
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This volume provides an introduction to psychological interpretations of the Hebrew Bible -- with the Garden of Eden story as a test case. It approaches the text from Freudian, Jungian, and Developmental psychologies, comparing and contrasting the different methods while taking on the hermeneutical issues. Ricoeur's work is used to establish criteria for adequate interpretation.

Genesis 3 presents a fruitful text for psychological interpretation given its importance in Western culture. Its themes of sexuality, guilt, consciousness, and alienation are issues of great concern for everyone in our society. Kille's aim is to locate psychological criticism within the field of biblical studies and to propose a hermeneutical framework for describing and evaluating psychological approaches. The second part is devoted to analysis of different evaluations of Genesis 3 from the three chosen psychological perspectives.

  

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An introduction to the possibilities and methodologies of using psychology and psychological theories in Biblical criticism. The author is aware of the limitations of psychological interpretation, the ... Read full review

Contents

Exploring Genesis 3
39
Conclusion
125
Bibliography
143
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About the author (2001)

D. Andrew Kille is director of Interfaith Space, an organization that develops and supports interfaith relationships in the San Francisco Bay Area. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA, he is the author of Psychological Biblical Criticism.