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Grandma, Räisänen, and the Global Village: A Feminist Approach to Ethical Criticism

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The exegete's professional ethics involve a programme, or at least some overarching principles for scholarly praxis. It includes moral criticism but is much more comprehensive. Moral criticism is something simpler and less sophisticated, a critique of texts and interpretations on the basis of universally recognised values such as justice, human rights, and life. There are many reasons why the practical consequences of biblical texts and interpretations and the question of scholarly responsibility have now become so vital issues. People from groups that have been, and still are, on the margins are increasingly taking part in interpretative work, and often direct their attention to the negative effects that biblical interpretation has had on them. Dewey's observation underscores the necessity of moral and ethical criticism within and outside the exegetical and academic community. Räisänen is right in pointing out that "moral criticism" has deep roots in the beginning of the exegetical discipline.

Keywords: ethical criticism; human rights; moral criticism; Räisänen



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