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Conclusion: The Dust Settles: Some Final Thoughts on Poetic Parageses of Jacob and the Angel

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The author theory of poetic paragesis is necessarily drawn from a number of interdisciplinary fields responding to a number of interrelated questions: how do 'ideal' Bibles affect the interpretation of 'real' ones? How is the inventive and heuristic imagination to be disciplined in order to produce legitimate knowledge? This chapter traces how the 'object' of analysis, the biblical text, is always already caught up in circling discourses of authority, rooted in the Enlightenment-Romantic paradigms that the author detailed. It also traces how these imagined Bibles still operate in the debates and conflicts in (post)modern biblical studies. A poem like Yehuda Amichai's 'Jacob and the Angel' enacts the religious and the secular in the same moment deciding on which pole most orientates the poem's production pulls the paragesis up from its extensive roots and kills the writing in an instant.

Keywords: Angel' enacts; biblical text; poetic paragesis; Yehuda Amichai's 'Jacob



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