Raid on the Articulate

Raid on the Articulate John Dominic Crossan s In Parables demonstrated how Jesus s parables demolished an idolatry of time In this book he shows how the parables likewise preclude an idolatry of language In a new creative

  • Title: Raid on the Articulate
  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • ISBN: 9781556358227
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Dominic Crossan s In Parables demonstrated how Jesus s parables demolished an idolatry of time In this book, he shows how the parables likewise preclude an idolatry of language In a new, creative synthesis, Raid on the Articulate juxtaposes the sayings and parables of Jesus with the works of modern Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges to reveal fresh interpretations.John Dominic Crossan s In Parables demonstrated how Jesus s parables demolished an idolatry of time In this book, he shows how the parables likewise preclude an idolatry of language In a new, creative synthesis, Raid on the Articulate juxtaposes the sayings and parables of Jesus with the works of modern Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges to reveal fresh interpretations Crossan locates both men as literary iconoclasts, parablers who can evoke for us the other side of silence The gift they bring is cosmic eschatology, the ability to stand on the brink of nonsense and absurdity and not be dizzy The discussion begins with Comedy and Transcendence, a comedy too deep for laughter Language is seen most openly and acknowledged most freely as structured play, opening the narrow gate to transcendence This precludes language being mistaken for the gate itself This in turn raises the question of Form and Parody As Crossan writes, Why mock the craftsman skilled in silver and gold and not mock the artisan skilled in form and genre What if the aniconic God became trapped in icons made of language In Jesus we find the most magisterial warning against graven words and encapsulation of God in case law, proverb, or beatitude When Jesus says, Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it he presents a paradox insoluble by faith in language Borges performs a similar function in literature when he inserts footnotes referring to nonexistent books Both are arguing against the idolatry of imprisoning reality in the words that point to it Parable and Paradox makes the case for parable as paradox formed into story It is in this context that Jesus and Borges must be understood Analyzing many of Jesus s parables, especially The Good Samaritan, and comparing them structurally to Borges s work, Crossan sees them as single or double reversals of their audiences most profound expectations It is these that lend them both their power and their paradox Raid on the Articulate concludes with considerations of the plasticity of time in Jesus and Borges and what, finally, we can say about them as men from their fragile and aphoristic art Emphasizing both biblical and literary materials, John Dominic Crossan achieves a deepened understanding of New Testament texts and forms, an understanding possible only when the unique literary aspect of Jesus s sayings is acknowledged Raid on the Articulate makes a brilliant example of how fruitfully structuralist procedures in literary criticism may be employed in the study of biblical literature It is, indeed, a book that one suspects to be of a truly seminal order Nathan A Scott Jr University of Virginia John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at DePaul University, Chicago He has written twenty books on the historical Jesus in the last thirty years, four of which have become national religious bestsellers The Historical Jesus 1991 , Jesus A Revolutionary Biography 1994 , Who Killed Jesus 1995 , and The Birth of Christianity 1998 He is a former co chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a former chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international scholarly association for biblical study based in the United States.

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    1. Okay. I finished this book months ago but didn't write a review because I only 'got' half the book. I understood clearly what the book had to say about Borges writing. The parts on Jesus generally slipped by me. I won't rate the book but I'd give myself one star. Need to reread in the future.

    2. This is a magnificent book that really helps you understand how to read books in a non-linear fashion and gives a whole new meaning of much of the Greek Scriptures

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