By Professor David H Aaron
It really is scholarly in its strategy. despite the fact that, the conclusions are only that the Bible comprises ambiguities and that a few ambiguities are extra ambiguous than others. Ambiguity could functionality as a Bible code, yet God will let us know whilst the scrolls can be undone.
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Even when the reading is certain and the context clear, clarity may be elusive. James Barr (1987) noted: With a text of high uniformity . . textual discussion will more frequently begin from the feeling that there is a “difficulty”; the procedure will be more independent of the existence of variant readings, and conjectural emendation will take a larger place in the discussion. (4) Barr explicates the various methods open to resolving the “difficulties”: [The interpreter] has to resolve his difficulties through various linguistic and literary explanations: perhaps the grammar should be recognized as an anomaly; perhaps we have a case of poetic license, an unusual meaning for a word, an ellipsis of something usually expressed explicitly, a metaphor, or an allegory with a hidden meaning.
Beyond that, the dating of a story on the basis of some theological relevance to a given historical event is extremely tenuous. 1 That is, the radical message of the biblical conceptualization of history is that the past is best explained via literature—and fiction, at that. Literary tastes change, as does a people’s conceptualization of its origins. 2 There is no question whatsoever that much of biblical literature differs from more ancient Canaanite literatures in a great variety of ways, one of which is structural.
A weak metaphor may not be easily distinguished from a literal statement; a metaphor that involves too much ambiguity may sound more like nonsense than something meaningful. My critique of current interpretations frequently pivots on the notion that modern exegetes force biblical thought to conform to standard modes of contemporary thinking. Framing things according to either/or inquiries has resulted in rather predictable results. Biblical language—and therefore, I would argue, biblical thinking, however one may conceive of such a thing—does not operate according to the standard literal/non-literal binary that functions so prominently in modern biblical exegesis.
Biblical Ambiguities: Metaphor, Semantics, and Divine Imagery (Brill Reference Library of Judaism) by Professor David H Aaron