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By Yvonne M. Sherwood

The single consensus that has been reached on Hosea 1-3 is that it's a notoriously 'problematic' textual content. Sherwood unpicks this quite imprecise assertion through studying the actual complexities of the textual content and frictions among the textual content and reader that conspire to supply this kind of disorientating influence. 4 dimensions of the 'problem' are thought of: the clash among textual content and reader over the 'improper' courting among Hosea and Gomer; the unusual prophetic sign-language that conscripts humans right into a cosmic charade; the text's propensity to subvert its relevant theses; and the emergent tensions among the feminist reader and the textual content. Aiming to compile literary feedback and biblical scholarship, this e-book offers lucid introductions to ideological feedback, semiotics, deconstruction and feminist feedback, and appears on the implications of those ways not just for the booklet of Hosea yet for religious study quite often.

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637. 52. Fish, 'Normal circumstances', p. 637. 53. D. Moore, Literary Criticism and the Gospels: The Theoretical Challenge (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989), p. 107. 54. , p. 14. Again, the connection between Fish's term and biblical commentary is made by myself and not by Fish. 1. The Strange Case of the Missing Prostitute 31 commentary comes as close to the textual 'event' as possible, but this is an impression that several commentators are eager to modify. L. Mays foregrounds the anxieties of the commentator (or self-conscious 'reader') when he writes: Once a commentary is in print, the opinions and judgments contained therein take on a certainty and finality which at places exceeds the confidence felt by the exegete who wrote them.

The collection of commentaries that I shall describe are colourful and creative, and blur the distinction between objectivity and subjectivity, commentary and storytelling. Because the collection of 'stories' looks like one huge adventure in midrashic storytelling, I shall begin with midrash proper, and three stories which attempt to dilute the pernicious effect of the 'wife of harlotry'. 1. 96 Midrash Rabbah, a rabbinic 'reader response', similarly assembles three stories 93. S. K. ), The Poetics of Gender (New York: Columbia University Press, 1986), pp.

2 by introducing an alternative, more marginal perspective. In another, rather earlier model of reading, Umberto Eco argues that readings are subject to a dice throw, being affected by 'private codes and ideological biases' and by ' aleatory factors' ,92 A spectrum of readings of a text might be expected to give several permutations of that text and to represent different interpretative communities, but in the case of a text such as Hos. 2, critics throw with weighted dice and produce theological sixes every time.

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