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Today’s two paragraphs take up the disjunction between intention and meaning, and why authorial intention (even if we could pin it down, which we can’t) doesn’t always matter.
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Two more paragraphs on the possibilities that lie before us if we just let go our death-grip on controlling meaning (which we can't, after all, do anyway) ("control", I mean, not "let go") —
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Yesterday's two paragraphs, but they grew a third: Literal, Figurative, and Translation (with a nod to Bryan Bibb) —
http://akma.disseminary.org/2014/08/translated-literally-really-means/
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Two more paragraphs, harking back to a previous day's premature conclusion of thoughts about literal & metaphorical expression
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OK, two more paragraphs, turning a bit of a corner and trying to drive toward several specific cases and clarifications. I have the feeling that I’ve said some of this before, but I won’t look back yet, and even if I’m repeating myself, it’s useful for people who missed it the first time or who find repetition comforting.

“Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
   That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
   What I tell you three times is true.”
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Two more paragraphs about interpretation and its elusive, ephemeral outcomes, on my way to changing the topic slightly:
One last point that helps make my transition away from the literal/metaphorical distinction to the continuous interweaving of particular expressions in divers expressive modes: Even the most appare...
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Today’s two paragraphs begin to turn the quantum ocean liner of my exposition (cumbersome, with a lot of forward momentum, but subject to capricious shifts in location and trajectory) toward how we go about sound interpretation without recourse to subsistent meaning:
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Two more paragraphs on hermeneutics: breaking away from the code metaphor and bargaining for meaning.
http://akma.disseminary.org/2014/08/dis-coding-interpretation/
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One page to compile them all, one page to bind them.... A bespoke page on my WordPress site for all my two-paragraph animadversions on hermeneutics and meaning.
[This page compiles in sequence the two-paragraph posts I’ve been writing one by one. As such, and as I’ve written the short posts over the course of months, I’m likely to have repeated myself, lef...
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I'm going to come back and read this in more detail when I've had more caffeine than whisky.  You of course are using a very precise vocabulary with the necessarily fine shades of meaning.  Theologically, I have never been a big fan of words.  I guess I mean spiritually, since theology is all about words.  I have never favored the religions of "the book", they always seemed like dead religions to me.  Which is not to say that many people adopt religions and throw out the book. 
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Today's two paragraphs on hermeneutics cut loose against an interpretive model that [calmly] makes me very impatient. Because I don’t believe in link-baiting, I'll come right out and say it's the old "world behind/of/in front of the text". Bleah.
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Another two paragraphs about hermeneutics, this time pointing toward the inevitability of difference in interpretation. Honest, it's not a problem, you can live with this — you are already living with this.
http://akma.disseminary.org/2014/08/meaning-and-differences/
On the premises I’ve been developing (and, I fear, repeating) here, we anticipate correctly that there will be no exact outcomes for interpretation — that when Rembrandt interprets the parable of t...
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The series of two-paragraph posts on hermeneutics resumes with a glance backward and a summing up about "literal" and "metaphorical":

http://akma.disseminary.org/2014/08/literal-pizza/
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Tutor in New Testament, theology, and hermeneutics at St Stephen's House, Oxford University.
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  • St Stephen's House, Oxford
    Tutor in New Testament, 2013 - present
  • Univ. of Glasgow
    Lecturer in New Testament, 2009 - 2013
  • Duke University
    Visiting Professor of New Testament, 2008 - 2009
  • Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
    Professor of New Testament, 1999 - 2008
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
    Assistant Professor of New Testament, 1994 - 1999
  • Eckerd College
    Assistant Professor of Religion, 1990 - 1994
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    PhD, New Testament, 1987 - 1991
  • Yale Divinity School
    STM, New Testament, 1986 - 1987
  • Yale Divinity School
    MDiv, 1983 - 1986
  • Bowdoin College
    BA, Philosophy, 1975 - 1979
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