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An Unending Process A Response To Klaas Spronk

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This chapter presents a letter by Frances Klopper to Klaas Spronk. Frances's letter is in response to Klaas's paper Sanctioning Samson: Do Old Testament Stories about Violence make Sense today? Some Answers from the Perspective of Redaction Criticism and the History of Research". Whereas Klaas regards the Samson stories as being the most violent in the Hebrew bible, as a woman reader, Frances sees the story of the gang rape of the Levite's wife in Judges 19 as the most violent of biblical texts. In linking this to the Samson story, Frances opines that the ancient authors realised the power of self-critique and of righting the wrongs of one's own society in bringing hope for a better future. Exegesis is an unending process of interpretation and reinterpretation. Past interpretations determine our present understandings, so that understanding and meaning can never be final.

Keywords: Frances Klopper; Judges 19; Klaas Spronk; Levite's wife; Samson story



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