Between Biblical Criticism and Poetic Rewriting: by Samuel Tongue

By Samuel Tongue

In among Biblical feedback and Poetic Rewriting, Samuel Tongue bargains an account of the classy and important tensions inherent within the improvement of the better feedback of the Bible. varied ‘types’ of Bible are created during the highbrow and literary pressures of Enlightenment and Romanticism and, as Tongue indicates, it really is this legacy that keeps to orientate the techniques deemed valid in biblical scholarship.

Using a couple of historic and modern severe and poetic rewritings of Jacob’s fight with the ‘angel’ (Gen 32:22-32), Tongue uses postmodern theories of textual construction to argue that it's the ‘paragesis’, a parasitical kind of writing among disciplines, that most sensible foregrounds the advanced performativity of biblical interpretation.

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72 Ibid. dancing between the disciplines 39 levering of the lid on Pandora’s Box. In order to create a sense of the poetic authority of biblical writing, Lowth wanted to utilize the methods and theories that had been used to analyse the works of Homer, Pindar and Horace but also to emphasize that this Hebrew poetry of “higher origin” is sacred. 73 Lowth’s method of approaching and understanding the Bible’s superior ‘sacred poetry’ is to go through both nature and art, a fusion that has significant consequences for the Romantics influenced by Lowth’s thinking.

John Drury (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), p. 24. 34 Ibid. ’ ” Matt. 1:22–23. ”37 What this indicates for Collins is the textuality of religion. As he notes, exploring the work of “the learned SURENHUSIUS, professor of the Hebrew tongue in the illustrious school of Amsterdam”38 who has been in conversation with a “Rabbin [sic] well skill’d in the Talmud, the Cabala, and the alle­ gorical books of the Jews,”39 the apostles might have been utilizing a midrashic method in their “forms of quoting” from the Old Testament.

Stephen Prickett, Words and The Word: Language, Poetics and Biblical Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), p. 17. 34 Chapter 1 imposed authority were watchwords for a liberal intelligentsia who now wanted religion (if they remained ‘religious’) to concern itself with this-worldly issues, leading man from his childish immaturity in theological notions such as ‘original sin’ onward into a future which was open to a humanity come-of-age. Interestingly, Hermann Samuel Reimarus, often seen as a key founder of the historical-critical method of biblical study and, in particular, a forerunner of the ‘quest for the historical Jesus’, displayed his own ambivalent existential struggles with this new ‘Pandora’s box’ of a Bible.

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