Canon(ical) Criticism

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at
Sat Mar 16 15:01:41 EST 2002

Hmm, maybe you're right, but maybe we're both right,
maybe it's the same thing. When Childs interprets the
text of the Book of Isaiah, it's canonical form is it's meaning as part
of the *Christian* canon, and the present meaning of that canon
includes the whole history of its interpretation in the church. At any
rate, he's not concerned with what the historical Isaiah is trying
to say.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christian M. M. Brady [mailto:cbrady at]
> Sent: Sat, March 16, 2002 2:47 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Canon(ical) Criticism
> On 3/16/02 1:48 PM, "Lisbeth S. Fried" <lizfried at> wrote:
> > Dear Ken,
> > With these last remarks you seem to be confusing canon criticism
> > and eisegesis. Canon criticism is the very laudable study of how the
> > bible has been interpreted by faith communities through the millenia.
> I am not sure about Ken's posts (wasn't paying attention) or what "Canon
> criticism" is. But as I understand *canonical criticism* (e.g., Brevard
> Childs) it is not studying how the Bible has been interpreted through the
> millennia, but instead is critical study of the biblical text as it stands
> in its *canonical form* rather than as, say, the "J" source.
> Is that what you meant Lis or is one of us getting our terms confused (and
> it may well be me).
> Cb
> cbrady @
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