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By Phillip Michael Sherman

In 'Babel's Tower Translated,' Phillip Sherman explores the narrative of Genesis eleven and its reception and interpretation in numerous moment Temple and Early Rabbinic texts (e.g., Jubilees, Philo, Genesis Rabbah). The account of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) is famously ambiguous. The which means of the narrative and the activities of either the human characters and the Israelite deity defy any effortless clarification. This paintings explores how altering ancient and hermeneutical realities altered and shifted the that means of the textual content in Jewish antiquity.

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The implication appears to be that midrashic activity is an example of gap-filling driven by readers’ subjective concerns and fails to deal with the text’s norms and directives. 16 Schwáb, “Mind the Gap,” 174–175. , 172. Italics added. 22 chapter one The narrative of Babel—like every narrative—is riddled with gaps and indeterminacies. There are spaces in between the bricks of the narrative. There are, therefore, multiple correct ways in which to connect or close these gaps. If Schwáb is correct (and I believe he is), some biblical scholars have been particularly uncomfortable with the level of ambiguity and subjectivity permitted by Iser’s notion of gap-filling.

47 Within a larger canonical context, much of the vitriol aimed at the Babelites might indeed be justified. In isolation, however, the desire to make a name—even for themselves—is not necessarily so damning. Compare the reading of Cassuto: Most modern expositors consider that the Bible implies that the ambition to win fame in the world is one of the things that God dislikes. 48 Most interesting is the data posited by Cassuto to buttress this point. He cites the example of God’s promise to Abraham!

Steven L. McKenzie and Stephen R. : Westminster John Knox Press, 1999), 230–252. A number of influential works of New Testament scholarship have drawn from the font of reader-response: Robert M. Fowler, Let the Reader Understand: Reader-Response Criticism and the Gospel of Mark (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991); James L. Resseguie, “Reader-Response Criticism and the Synoptic Gospels,” JAAR 52 (1984): 307–324; W. : Christian Universities Press, 1995). Pride of place for introducing reader-response criticism in biblical studies goes to Robert C.

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