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By the Light of a Cloudy Glass: Biblical Interpretation and Disciplinary Security

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The field of biblical interpretation was forged in some of the most intense controversies of modern academia. Conflicts over blasphemy, secularism, modernism, historical integrity, and ideology (to identify but a few) have not only shaped, but also scarred the institutional practices of biblical interpretation. The outworking of these intellectual battles has affected almost all participants in related discourses. At the heart of these predictable gestures lies an anxiety about the legitimacy of the interpretive repertoires that constitute biblical studies as a reputable discipline in the eyes of the university, the church, the government, or the general public. Anxiety over interpretive security encourages practitioners to erect barriers to sequester proper, pure, legitimate textual behaviour from the disreputable conduct of outsiders. Biblical studies catches and refracts some of the rare Glasgow sunlight into vibrant colour.

Keywords: biblical studies; disciplinary security; Glasgow sunlight



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