The aim of the Seminar is to examine the dialectic relationship between the text and the reader(s) based on the example of the Biblical Hebrew text: Joshua 2. As this issue significantly relates to the hermeneutical question of the interpretation of biblical texts, students will be exposed to the plurality of methods available today to help them to better understand the various aspects of a biblical text which often go beyond the range of one particular methodological perspective.
The introduction to the Seminar will register the main methodological breakthroughs in the study of the Rahab story over the past centuries, such as: a) Historical-critical method b) Narrative criticism c) Reader-oriented criticism d) Reception history Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the seminar: • The students will be familiar with some basic assumptions of the exegetical methods applied to the analysis of the Rahab story. • They will be capable of developing an appropriate strategy for their own research which will be requested during the Seminar. • They will be able to discuss and defend the outcomes of their own research.
Professor’s notes: Andrzej Toczyski, “The ‘Geometrics’ of the Rahab Story: A multi-dimensional analysis of the Rahab story” (Ph.D. diss., Heythrop College: University of London, 2015). Bibliography: Gorman, Michael J. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009. Hühn, Peter. Edited by. The Living Handbook of Narratology. URL: http://www.lhn.uni-hamburg.de Petersen, David L., Edited by.Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Joel M. LeMon and Kent H. Richards. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009. Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1993. Ska, Jean L. “Our Fathers Have Told Us.” Introduction to the Analysis of Hebrew Narratives. SubBi 13. Roma: Editrice Pontificio Instituto Biblico, 1990.