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ROBERT C. CULLEY, Some comments on Structural Analysis and Biblical Studies

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This chapter is characterized as "comments" for good reason. It examines one scholar's attempt to apply structural analysis to biblical material. The scholar in question is E.R.Leach, a social anthropologist at Cambridge. In order to try to relate the discussion of structural analysis to biblical studies in a positive way, it might be useful to suggest a broader frame of reference or context which might be labelled "the interpretation of texts". Beyond this it is anticipated that the comments which can be made on Leach's work may be relevant to the more general discussion of structural analysis and biblical studies. Leach's foray into biblical studies is remarkable in many ways. In discussing the problems with Leach's work, the author focuses on issues which might be relevant to a wider discussion of structural analysis in biblical studies within the framework of the problem of interpretation.

Keywords: biblical studies; Cambridge; E.R.Leach; social anthropologist; structural analysis



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