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Author Kepnes, Steven, 1952-

Title The text as thou : Martin Buber's dialogical hermeneutics and narrative theology / Steven Kepnes.

Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1992]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  121.68092 KEPN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 221 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-211) and index.
Contents Preface: The Linguistic Turn in Jewish Philosophy -- Pt. I. Buber's Hermeneutics. I. Romanticism, Dilthey, and Buber's Early Hermeneutics. II. I and Thou and the Dialogical Hermeneutic Method. III. Buber's Biblical Hermeneutics. IV. Constructing a Buberian Hermeneutic Theory -- Pt. II. Buber's Narrative Theology. V. Narrative and the Philosophy of I and Thou. VI. "Autobiographical Fragments": Becoming Self through the Other. VII. Narrative Biblical Theology: Responding to the Eclipse of God. VIII. Conclusion: Buber and the Narrative Theologians.
Summary The Text as Thou establishes Martin Buber's central concept of "I-Thou" as the heart of a dialogical theory of textual interpretation and a narrative method for explicating Jewish philosophy and theology. Part One takes up Buber's application of his hermeneutic method to the texts of Hasidism and the Bible and the way in which that method can be applied to secular texts as well. His development of a dialogical hermeneutics links Buber to such contemporary theorists as Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Bakhtin. Part Two demonstrates that narrative provides privileged access to Buber's thought. By the retelling of Hasidic tales, biblical stories, and autobiographical anecdotes with powerful immediacy and concreteness, Buber succeeds in a daring attempt to formulate a modern narrative Jewish theology. Taken together, Buber's dialogical hermeneutics and narrative theology constitute a key element in the contemporary revival of the Jewish midrashic imagination.
Subject Buber, Martin, 1878-1965.
Hermeneutics -- History -- 20th century.
Language and languages -- Religious aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Narrative theology -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0253331277 (cloth : alk. paper)