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3 Poetic Paragesis and Disciplining the Imagination

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This chapter outlines the concept of what the author calls 'poetic paragesis' to consolidate the results of thinking through the multiplicities of biblical authority and what this might mean for the process of poetic retelling. The poet seems to be exiled from the critical centre, a hydra-headed reader and writer who does not perform knowledge correctly and logically, exhibiting the correct 'epistemological decorum' to earn the trust of those of a more broadly critical bent. This conclusion leads the author into laying out some of the lines of what author imagining as poetic paragesis, an interpretative, poetic retelling that both troubles the way in which interpretation and exegesis are performed on Bibles, whilst also participating in an intergesis, producing a writing that unavoidably and parasitically feeds from the biblical material. The poetic is present in biblical criticism. Paradoxically, however, this is through its exclusion as a deciding factor in meaning-making.

Keywords: biblical criticism; exegesis; interpretation; poetic paragesis



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