By Harold W. Attridge
Due to the fact that past due within the 19th century, an almost consistent aspect within the application for the yearly conferences of the Society of Biblical Literature (and Exegesis) has been the lecture brought through the president whose time period concludes with that assembly. those presidential addresses haven't in basic terms supplied defining moments for bible study as a tradition and a career but in addition, learn jointly, display the expansion and improvement that the Society has skilled due to the fact its founding in 1880. The addresses integrated during this quantity, for instance, convey how a dominant specialise in analyzing biblical texts traditionally gave technique to a better appreciation of these texts as literature to an elevated reputation of the function the interpreter performs in shaping the that means of any textual content. One additionally observes during this documentary historical past the shift from parochialism to a extra inclusive view of religious study, a metamorphosis in concentration from slender theological matters to broader social issues, and the slow erosion of positivistic assumptions concerning the objectivity of the interpretive method. The twenty-three presidential addresses accrued the following hence provide readers direct entry to a couple of the main moments and broader tendencies in the historical past of the SBL.
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