[b-hebrew] Deconstructionism

Kevin Riley klriley at alphalink.com.au
Wed Apr 4 10:36:59 EDT 2007


In practice inerrantists are very likely to be opposed to deconstruction as
it strikes at a central issue for the overwhelming majority of inerrantists
- that the text has one plain, intended meaning and all other meanings are
to some degree false.  To accept deconstruction as a valid way of
approaching scriptural texts is only possible if you have rejected most of
the assumptions on which inerrancy is based and are at least willing to
assume that the text *may* have more than one valid meaning.  The idea that
a Biblical author may in fact have communicated more than a plain reading of
what the text itself reveals is not likely to sit well with most
inerrantists.  The "interpretive lenses" of inerrantists and
deconstructionists are in reality likely to be very different, even if on a
strictly logical basis it may not be a necessity that this be so.
 
Kevin Riley
 
-------Original Message------- 
 
From: Yitzhak Sapir 
Date: 5/04/2007 12:22:39 AM 
 
Dear David, 
 
In your original use of the word "desconstructionists," it was used in 
The following sentence: "I am not making an argument for the inerrancy 
Of the TN'K here but the unbridgeable difference between the interpretive 
Lenses of those who accept the inerrancy of the TN'K as originally 
Scripted and those deconstructionists who work from their own 
Preconceived notions." As such, it places deconstructionists in 
Opposition to those who hold by biblical inerrancy. This is not 
Deconstructionism. While you have quoted a dictionary definition, 
This definition is a very succinct summary of the entire method and in 
Fact does not do much to explain what it really is. So, here are 
Examples of deconstruction of some biblical texts: 
 
http://www.shef.ac.uk/bibs/DJACcurrres/Postmodern1/Ethics.html 
http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_66.pdf 
 
I suggest you read them, and then ask yourself how really are 
The deconstructionists opposed to inerrancy? In reality, it seems that 
You have used deconstructionism as a label, emptying it of what it 
Really means. 
 
Yitzhak Sapir 
 



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