Society of Biblical Literature

Word and Soul: A Psychological, Literary, and Cultural Reading of the Fourth Gospel

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Newheart, M. W. (2001). Word and Soul: A Psychological, Literary, and Cultural Reading of the Fourth Gospel. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press.

Michael Willett Newheart continues his development of his “Soul Hermeneutic,” a form of amplification which is part literary, part psychological, part reader-response criticism. From the book jacket: “This `soul reading’ of the Gospel is influenced by three elements: analytical/archetypal psychology, which reorients psychology to `the study of the soul’; African-American cultural experience, which is often characterized as `soul’; and reader-response criticism, which emphasizes that the reading of a text is shaped by the reader’s psychological and social location.”
(DAK)

This book was featured at a session of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL in Toronto in November, 2002.

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