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Life in the Crypt or Why Bother With Biblical Studies?

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We usually assume the importance, even the necessity, of what we do as students of the Bible, yet it is not clear to many that our assumption is justified these days. The essay poses the question, Why bother with biblical studies now? Answers that might once have been given no longer apply in a moment when the great master-narratives of (at least) Western culture have collapsed and when the only alternative seems to be that everyone create his or her own myth. The essay considers exegesis under the aspect of mourning and asks whether there might be any life in the crypt, whether mourning might somehow be experienced as morning. The answer to this question will depend upon whether or not we are able to discover the Bible as a new kind of meta-narrative, one that is (in Bakhtin's sense) not monologic but dialogic.

Affiliations: 1: Catholic Theological College, Melbourne


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