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Unmasking The Seven Veils: From Narrative Plot To Transformative Power In Biblical Hermeneutics

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Without devaluing the contributions of philosophy and ethics, this chapter seeks to address the often-overlooked theological aspect of the transformative power of text reading. It begins with an illustration of the problem, using a specific text as a paradigm. Next, the chapter shows how narrative plot and the possibility of transformative power are interconnected on a theological level. It then addresses what has happened with the narrative plot through years of analysis, subsequently discussing the possibility of transformative power in exegesis and art. Finally, the theological contribution to the debate is evaluated. The chapter also briefly presents the story of Salome who has a sexual obsession for John the Baptist and wants to kiss him. The story goes on to say that after dancing the dance of the seven veils, she asks for the head of John, which she kisses.

Keywords: Biblical Hermeneutics; John the Baptist; narrative plot; Salome; Seven Veils; transformative power



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