Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Penn State University Press
Series: Signifying (on) Scriptures
Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Quote
Table of Contents
As this book goes to press, I realize that I now have no idea how to acknowledge everyone who has been a part of its multistage and sometimes haphazard development. It simply has taken too long for the book to arrive at the brink of publication—with too many “original ideas,” false starts, constructive interruptions, and instructive refusals along the way—to...
Note on the Text
Introduction: Another Bible That Is Borderline
Borderline exegesis is such a toast, “with transitory words . . . in breakable glasses,” to everything that still might augur goodness of life—“light, fleeting, changing, finite”—in the Christian Bible and in us. Borderline exegesis offers homage and encouragement to the yearning that yet lingers...
Chapter 1: Into the Whirlwind: God’s Answer to Job’s Complaint
In this chapter I read the book of Job and, specifically, God’s answer to Job’s complaint in Job 38:1–41:34, with Job’s response in 42:1–6. I did this initially as part of an effort to incorporate a growing ecological consciousness into the practice of Latin American biblical interpretation. Here, however...
Chapter 2: The Economy, Stupid!: The Teaching of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew
Not everyone, of course, agrees with Robinson Jeffers’s vision of “enskyment” or self-conscious entrance into the violent beauty of an extrahuman world within which, for example, a noble spirit might aspire to be eaten by a vulture’s beak and thus to “become part of him.” For Czeslaw Milosz...
Interlude: Displaced Exegete: A Scriptural Biography
In the introduction to this book I described briefly how it was that I came to write these essays and therewith to develop a sense of myself as a borderline exegete. I have been encouraged to say a little more about that process, which, for some reason, I still remain reluctant to do. At the same time...
Chapter 3: Such a Little Thing!: The Tongue and Alternate Subjectivity in the Epistle of James
In this chapter I turn from the “larger” questions that were the focus of discussion in chapter 1 and chapter 2—namely, the nature of the world in which we live and the political economy that would favor a more satisfying life in this world—to address a couple of other “smaller” issues. The first...
Chapter 4: Interrupting Hope: The Book of Revelation
What does one do when the effort to live otherwise, as someone else, in a world that is not working well for most of us (and ultimately not well for any of us) finds itself fully foiled and flummoxed? When the world as it is, as we have known it, relentlessly continues to unfold as ever, insisting with...
Conclusion: After the Bible: Life’s Largesse
The four main chapters in this book all end up pointing past the biblical text on which they comment to a larger life that I am calling “after the Bible.” The phrase “after the Bible” is meant to be ambivalent.1 One could even say constitutively ambiguous.2 It obviously could mean “in accordance...