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New book includes chapter on Psychological Criticism

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newmeaningsWestminster John Knox Press has recently published New Meanings for Ancient Texts: Recent Approaches in Biblical Criticism and their Applications (WKJ, 2013), edited by Steven L.. McKenzie and John Kaltner. The book includes psychological criticism among the methods showcased. From the publisher’s blurb:

This book is a supplement and sequel to To Each Its Own Meaning, edited by Steven L. McKenzie and Stephen R. Haynes, which introduced the reader to the most important methods of biblical criticism and remains a widely used classroom textbook. This new volume explores recent developments in, and approaches to, biblical criticism since 1999. Leading contributors define and describe their approach for non-specialist readers, using examples from the Old and New Testament to help illustrate their discussion. Topics include cultural criticism, disability studies, queer criticism, postmodernism, ecological criticism, new historicism, popular culture, postcolonial criticism, and psychological criticism. Each section includes a list of key terms and definitions and suggestions for further reading.

The chapter on psychological criticism was written by D. Andrew Kille, currently Chair of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section, and a longtime contributor to the field. Along with an introduction to the method, he includes examples of how it might be used to interpret the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2 and 3, and offers a glossary of terms and a bibliography of key works. Similar treatments are given to each of the other perspectives.

The book offers a basic introduction to the numerous forms of biblical criticism that have arisen in the last thirty years or so, and provides guides for further study.

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