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Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis

Interpreting Minds

Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis

Interpreting Minds

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350225404
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 24/12/2020
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
What role do texts play in religious practice? What is the relationship between these texts and cognition? Are some texts more successful because they are better adapted to our cognitive structures? Why is biblical interpretation necessary, and what is the cognitive process behind it? This book considers such questions, and fills the gap in research on religious texts and narratives in the cognitive science of religion. The study of ancient religions and biblical studies are dominated by textual evidence. However, the cognitive science of religion is lacking significant research on the language and textual interpretation of this literature. This book presents a systematic attempt to redefine the interpretation of religious texts in a cognitive framework, providing concrete textual analysis on a broad selection of biblical passages. It explores the ways that cognitive approaches to language and textual interpretation expand the disciplines of the cognitive science of religion and biblical studies. This book brings together methodology from the cognitive sciences, linguistics, philology, biblical studies, and religious studies, to offer a new perspective for biblical studies and cognitive sciences. It presents a renewed vision of textual interpretation - one that aligns hermeneutical reflection with our cognitive capacities.

Ronit Nikolsky, Istvan Czachesz, Frederick S. Tappenden

Ronit Nikolsky is Assistant Professor of Culture and Cognition at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Istvan Czachesz is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Tromso, Norway, and the review editor of the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion. Frederick S. Tappenden is Principal and Dean, and Professor of Theology at St. Stephen's College at the University of Alberta, Canada. Tamas Biro is Senior Research Fellow at the Department for Assyriology and Hebrew at ELTE Eoetvoes Lorand University, Hungary, and an Associate Professor and Vice-Rector of the Jewish Theological Seminary - University of Jewish Studies, Budapest, Hungary.

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